Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wisdom Wednesdays - Flourishing in Old Age Part 3





Proverbs 3 is a treasure vault of how to flourish in old age.  Just look at this wonderful promise:

My son, don’t forget my teaching,
keep my commands in your heart; 
 for they will add to you many days,
years of life and peace.
Proverbs 3:1-2 (CJB) 


I love reading this and meditating on the fact that if I keep His commandments, He will add many years of LIFE and PEACE to my existence on this earth.  It's a great thing just to be alive, but to be alive with peace is the cherry on top.  Peace is something I prize and pursue with all of my being.

But wait!  That's not all!  Here's another wonderful promise for old age:
  
Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom;
but fear Adonai, and turn from evil. 
This will bring health to your body
and give strength to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8 (CJB)

Here's another great benefit of obedience -- a healthy body and strong bones.  These are things I prize, too.  As one grows older, health and strength can diminish.  But, fearing Adonai and turning from evil will preserve them.  Oh, and lest we forget, part of this old-age promise is “don’t be conceited about your own wisdom.”

I've said it before and will repeat it:  about twenty years ago, I got on my knees and asked G-d to lead me to His wisdom.  Not the wisdom of the world.   Not a denomination.  Not a religion.  Not a teacher.  Not a preacher.  And, most of all, not my own.  I wanted His wisdom.  He led me to **Messianic Judaism and observance of His Torah.  That is the wisdom spoken of in this passage.

We're not finished yet, Gail-Friends.   Another benefit is HAPPINESS! Look at this:

 Happy the person who finds wisdom,
the person who acquires understanding;
for her profit exceeds that of silver,
gaining her is better than gold,
she is more precious than pearls —
nothing you want can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand,
riches
and honor in her left.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who grasp her;
whoever holds fast to her will be made happy.
Proverbs 3:13-18 (CJB)

While on a visit to an assisted living facility, I met an amazing woman in her 90's.  Her faith and her attitude are an inspiration for all who know her.  One day, she sat at the table with a lady who did nothing but complain.  My friend said cheerily, "I'm going to have to move to another table.  I'm too happy for you!"  Don't you love it?  That's the kind of happy old woman I aspire to be.  Well, that's the kind of old woman I am right now.  I'm blessed, I'm happy, and I'm at peace.

I challenge you, dear Gail-Friends, to do a study of Proverbs 3.  Make a list of all the benefits of obedience to Adonai's wisdom.  You will be surprised, as I was, by the length of the list.  You will see how it touches every area of life with blessing.

** You can learn more about Messianic Judaism by clicking on this LINK on my blog.

You may enjoy reading Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

6 comments:

  1. God's Word has much to say about being wise... :)

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    1. Yes, and aren't we blessed to have His Word so readily available for our use.
      Blessings,
      GG

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  2. Good stuff, Gail! Am so enjoying this series on flourishing in old age.

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    1. I'm so very happy to hear that, Nancy. Thanks for the encouragement.
      Blessings,
      GG

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  3. Yes! We have to grow old, anyway. We might as well do it with grace.

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