When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Genesis 17:1-2 ESV
Is anyone too old for God to do a new thing? We often despair when, at mid-life, we feel that we have missed opportunities that can never be recovered. The prime years of life (as we define them) are behind us and we believe we are too far down the road for God to bring about any kind of new beginning. We call the decades we’ve lived up to this point ~ ‘the wasted years.’
It’s time to look back and consider Abram. He was ninety-nine when the Lord appeared and reiterated the blessing and covenant He had made with him earlier. God was about to change his name ~ a cataclysmic spiritual event that always precedes spiritual greatness. He was anything but washed up. Over the course of his life, Abram took great steps of faith but also matched those with great steps of failure. He betrayed his wife before a foreign king, and then much later, took her handmaiden to produce an heir. He made a mess of family relationships. If anyone could have felt disqualified for future promises, it was Abram.
God is never stymied by the improbabilities and limits of old age.
In You, Jesus, all things are made new. I’ve not yet reached my prime. It will be realized in eternal realms. Amen