TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, September 06, 2019:
Withdraw from an occupation or career because of age; make inactive; relieve of duty.
At the age of fifty they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the tent of the meeting, but they themselves must not do the work.
Numbers 8:25 (NIV)
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the verse we have put above from Numbers, God through Moses told the Levites to retire from their regular duties at the age of 50. Although God retired the older Levites from doing the heavy work of moving the Tabernacle as the Israelites moved to the Promised Land, He did not want them to stop helping others. Thus it was only a change in job description and not what we might call retirement today. God said to the older Levites that they should “minister with the brethren in the Tabernacle” and assist them in performing the duties of the Tabernacle.
We believe that when a believer in Jesus comes to the point in their life that they can retire and retire with the means to live the rest of their life they should approach it just as a change in job descriptions. God does not want us to quit. He expects us to keep on serving Him. When you get to that point in life reach out to find your new job description. In prayer ask God what He would have you do and to open a door of opportunity for you.
So many people today retire and soon find out they have nothing to do and nowhere to go so they sit like so-called couch potatoes and just seem to waste away.
Paul advises us in Galatians 6:9-10 to not to become weary in doing good and use every opportunity to do good onto others. We are never too old to reap a harvest for the Lord if we never give up.
Let us assure you that life takes on a whole new meaning when you invest all your time and effort in representing our Lord and in helping others. Doing whatever we are able to do in order to serve the Lord always brings blessings. No one is ever too old to be a testimony of God’s love or be a prayer warrior praying for the needs of others.
We need your prayers that God will continue to enable us to do whatever He calls us to do.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 27:1.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Give me the strength dear Lord, and help me to serve You today. Help me to never be weary of doing good and sharing with others the good news of the gospel.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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