Psalm 92:14 - Blooming at Night.
Psalm 92:14 (NKJV) They shall still bear
fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and
Honoring God is not restricted to young
people who seem to have unlimited strength and
energy. Even in old age, devout believers can
produce spiritual fruit. There are many faithful
older people who continue to have a fresh outlook
and can teach us from a lifetime of experience
of serving God. Seek out an elderly friend or
relative who can tell you about his or her
experiences with the Lord and challenge you to new
heights of spiritual growth. [Life Application SB]
In old age blossom at the end like
a night-blooming cereus." This statement was
written by a missionary to India, the late Dr. E.
Stanley Jones. He made a profound impact on all
those around him because of his extraordinary
faith and service to others. Later in life his
work was acknowledged by Franklin D. Roosevelt
and Mahatma Gandhi. In spite of a stroke at age
eighty-seven that disabled him and impaired his speech,
he addressed a world congress in Jerusalem from
his wheelchair shortly before he died.
The night-blooming cereus (a family of
flowering cacti) that he spoke of brings a beauty to
the desert when it opens up at nightfall. Some
say these plants produce fruit large enough for
people to consume. Dr. Jones certainly knew
something about blossoming and producing fruit.
Do we do the same? At every stage of
life, are we producing fruit that replenishes
others, or do we complain about our circumstances?
No matter our age, we must not miss the chance
to impact the younger generations by
exemplifying reliance on Him and hope in His unchanging
How can you be a blessing to other
generations? [Peace for Each Day by Billy Graham]
We think of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as
great patriarchs of the faith, and indeed they
are. But they were pretty flawed people too.
Abraham, as godly as he was, had serious
lapses in his faith. Isaac was biased and didnt
listen to the Lord. Jacobs mistakes are
So when God spoke to Moses from the
burning bush and said, I am the God of your
father - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob (Exodus 3:6 NLT), I think He
was telling Moses that He was giving him a
I think God was saying, Moses, I am
the God of men who have failed and who need
second chances. I am the God of ordinary men and
women who have accomplished extraordinary things.
That means I can use you.
Moses was 80 years old, an age when
people are long past retirement. This shows us that
God has a plan for every stage of our lives. God
wants to use us when were young. God wants to
use us when were middle-aged. And God wants to
use us when were old.
Researchers have done extensive studies
on those who have entered retirement. People
who chose to live a life of leisure or no longer
had any purpose in life died at a younger age.
And in a study that followed 7,000 people at the
age of 50 for more than a decade, experts found
that people died at a younger age if they felt
their lives had little purpose.
As a Christian, your life has purpose.
God has allowed you to go through all that
youve gone through to mold you into the man or
woman that He wants you to be. You have something
to offer. You have something to do. God still
wants to use you. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
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Proverbs 11:30 (NLT) The seeds of good deeds
become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.
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