I have heard a lot spoken over the years of a chosen generation that God is going to use and work through in a mighty way – it has always been a generation of young people. God, it would seem, isn’t too interested in people who are over 30. I confess this has never been the generation I am “part of”. I have always been left pondering why God would want to cast off faithful older people because they are not young?
The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
They still bear fruit in old age! When youth has gone God still has plans for fruit bearing. When the world is looking on to something new God is still looking at you. People might put you on the shelf or out to pasture, but God is always looking for you to bear fruit – no matter what age you are.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.