If you should ever think you’re too old for God to call you, think again. Did you know that Noah was an old man when God called him? In fact,
“Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.” Genesis 7:6
And then there’s Moses. Acts 7:23 says Moses was forty years old when he left Egypt and Acts 7:30 says that it was forty years later that the angel spoke to Moses through the burning bush. So Moses would have been eighty when God called him.
So yes, God does call retired people. I think the reason for this is obvious. Sometimes, He has to work on us for a long time before we’re ready. (I know this was the case with me! God had His work cut out for Him!)
Think about it. When will you ever have more free time? And think how much you have learned over the years!
You may not be called to build an arc or lead a nation, but God does want to use you for His purposes. It takes faith to follow Him where He leads. And I assure you, the enemy will try to convince you that God couldn’t use somebody like you.
But just look at the people God used: People like Peter (a simple fisherman), Matthew (a tax collector,) David (well known for his affair with Bathsheba), and Saul (who tried to destroy the early church).
The Bible says,
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
I urge you to live your life for the Savior. Surrender to His will. Resist Satan’s attempts to discourage you. Remember how the enemy tried to thwart the rebuilding of the wall?
“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”
4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[b] the builders.
6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.” Nehemiah 4:1-6
Look again at the things the enemy said. He says these same kinds of things today.
May God’s Word speak to you today, bringing encouragement and strength as you walk in His will and His purpose for your life.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (emphasis mine)
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep…” Acts 13:36 (emphasis mine)
In His Love, Cindy
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All Scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.
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