Book: Proverbs 17
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.”
My sons enjoy teasing me about my gray hair and the depletion of it on my head. I respond back that their time is coming; what they see on my head is what they will look like when they are my age.
Our culture has tried to stop the aging process (or at least the physical perception of aging). There are many products that suggest they reduce or eliminate wrinkles. Both men and women can dye their hair to look younger. People often moan when it is their birthday knowing they are a year older. Getting older is almost feared.
But let’s look at it a different way. When a child starts to build a fort with wood, they are proud of their work. They are eager to show their parents (unless it is a hiding place). Then in high school the student takes woodworking classes and is able to build a table. If they choose to become a wood craftsman they will need to take further training. They may start off working as an apprentice, following the lead of a master in the trade. At some point their skill level may allow them to go out on their own and start their own business. Over the next years they will still be building further skill as they make different items. By the time they are ready to retire, their skill and knowledge level should be at the highest it can be. Others ask for woodworking advice and help from them expecting they will have the solution.
This is the same with those who have walked with the Lord and lived a godly life. Each day of their life should have given them more wisdom, knowledge and understanding. When they first accepted what Jesus did for them and started their spiritual journey, they needed help from others to grow in their walk with the Lord. Soon they received teaching from others but also were fed themselves with spiritual food from God’s word. Years of praying, trusting and meditating on God’s word brings them to a point that they are physically older and have become spiritual elders. Even then there is room to grow but those years of walking with God is a great blessing to them. It is a crown of glory. This all starts with the first step of living a life the way God intended.
Take time to consider where you are at in life’s journey. Are you walking that godly life today so that you too will receive both the benefits today and in the future? Consider also the great privilege of helping others from what God has taught you. Are you ready to bless others because you have been blessed?