What Does the Bible Say about Gray Hair? - Reportgist

What Does the Bible Say about Gray Hair?

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The Bible is clear that we should show respect for the elderly. There is much we can learn from those who are older and who have walked with God for a long time. Many elderly people have legacies of God’s faithfulness and have lived lives of righteousness that we can glean from.>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

As I have gotten older – I turned 50 last year – I realized something that has been gradually progressing and increasing: the presence of gray hairs. At this stage, my hair is what they term salt and pepper, and thankfully right now there is more pepper than salt. But even though pepper is winning, salt is doing its best to try to catch up.

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Surprisingly, or maybe not, the Bible speaks about gray hair. Obviously gray hair is a sign of getting older, but when you consider what the Bible says about gray hair you will see that it represents more than that.

I want to point your attention to three Scriptures that talk about gray hair. They each bring a different perspective as to what gray hair represents.
Gray hair is a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

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Anyone who has lived a while and walked with God can testify to his faithfulness. Living longer just means you have had more opportunities for God to prove and demonstrate his faithfulness to you. Let the gray hairs be a reminder of how many times God has honored his word in your life. He has promised to be faithful, and he has lived up to his promise.
Gray hair is a picture of a life well lived.

Though we have no guarantees of living a long life on this side of eternity, there are many who have chosen to live in righteousness. Their commitment to Christ has been rewarded with years of life on this earth to give glory and honor to God. For these people, the gray hair represents a life well lived.
Gray hair is a sign of wisdom.

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There is an interesting transformation that happens as we grow older. We may become physically weaker, but at the same time we become wiser (or at least we should). As we age, the gray hairs represent the wisdom we have gathered over the years. This means while we may not be able to do what we used to do physically; we can still be just as productive because we have more wisdom.

The Bible is clear that we should show respect for the elderly. There is much we can learn from those who are older and who have walked with God for a long time. Many elderly people have legacies of God’s faithfulness and have lived lives of righteousness that we can glean from. We need to see them as indispensable treasures, not antiques we put on the shelf. Part of the responsibility of the elderly in the body of Christ is to pass on what they have learned. We need to value that and make room for it in our lives and in our churches.

The Bible says God is no respecter of persons ( Acts 10:34) so this also means God is no respecter of ages. In God’s economy there really is no such thing as retirement. This means that regardless of how old you are, God still wants to use you. We find examples of God using people in the Bible who were advanced in years. For example:

– God called Abraham

when he was 75 years old, and he had a son at 100.

– God allowed Abraham’s wife Sarah

to give birth at 90 years old.

– God called Moses

when he was 80 years old to go and deliver his people from Egypt.

I do want to direct your attention to one of the most inspiring stories of God using someone who was older. That person was Caleb. Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies who came back with an encouraging report letting the Israelites know they can take Jericho. Because of his courage, God made him a promise (you can read about it in Number 13-14). Forty-five years later he came to claim the promise. These words are so exciting I will let you read them straight from the Bible.

Caleb was eighty-five years old and was still as alive and vigorous as he was forty years earlier. He was vibrant and still motivated to run after and get everything God had promised him. I am not eighty-five, but this encourages me.

If you are more advanced in years, and your head is full of gray hair, let this be a reminder to you that if there is breath in your lungs, God is not done with you yet; he still has purpose for you.

Let me share with you three simple ways Christians should treat the elderly. By the way, this applies whether they are believers or not.
1. With respect

– As I said before, we should cherish those who are older while they are still here. Let’s respect their lives and seek to learn and listen from what they have done and where they have been. Chances are they may have faced some of the challenges you are facing now, so the wisdom you can get from their life experiences may be invaluable.
2. With patience

– It is no secret that as the gray hairs increase, sometimes things don’t work as fast as they used to. For this reason, we need to have patience with those who are elderly. They may not be able to get it done as quickly as you can, but give them room to do what they need to do in the timeframe they need. This will require patience.
3. With love

– This should be a no-brainer because we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves ( Matt. 22:39). Elderly people are your neighbors too. This means we should look out for them. Recognize as people age, their circle of friends and family begins to shrink because people pass on, so your demonstration of love may be as simple as spending time with them. Regardless of how it plays out, when you see elderly people as valuable, loving them will not be difficult.

Lord, we all have people in our lives who have many gray hairs of wisdom. We pray that you would continue to use their lives for your kingdom and allow them to see their value. Give them energy like Caleb and allow them to continue to be faithful to you. Give them grace to pass on what they have learned and give them opportunities to do it as well. Remind them their life still matters and you are not done with them yet.

We pray this in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

I know in the race between salt and pepper, eventually salt is going to win. But I also pray we would learn to celebrate those pearls of knowledge and wisdom God has placed around us. They are there for a time, a season, and a reason. Let’s not neglect any of them because as life goes, one day they won’t be around anymore.

How can we age well? Internet searches tell us that aging well is about wearing sunscreen, avoiding smoking, drinking less, eating right, and exercising more. But, the focus on aging seems to be all about our bodies — but what about our souls? Can having a more eternal perspective allow us to face the reality of aging and to get real about the ways our bodies are failing while remembering and feeling energized by the real purpose and why we were put on this earth? Today, Compared to Who?

host Heather Creekmore shares three key tips to age well in a world obesssed with staying young. Listen in by clicking the play button below!>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

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