“Anna … a prophetess … was of a great age … departed not from the Temple, but served God
with fastings and prayers night and day … gave thanks … unto the Lord,”     Luke 2:36-38.

     What is a great age to be??  (22,39,65?)  The Bible says in Luke 2:36 that old age is a great age
to be in God’s sight.  Recently I was reading about Anna, the lady who met Mary, Joseph and baby
Jesus in the Temple.  I had just read a devotional reading by Pastor David Jeremiah in Turning
Point Magazine, entitled ‘A Great Age’.  Some practical truths and life applications from this
jumped out at me.  Can you think of any?

     Many of the godly characters in the Bible did good work, maybe even their best work
for the Lord in their older years.  Consider Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Joshua in the Old
Testament and Zacharias, Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna in the New Testament.

     In Luke 2:36-38, we are told that Anna was 84 years old and that she went to the temple
often.  She served the Lord with fastings and prayers and spoke about the Lord to many people.
She was still doing good work for the Lord at age 84!

     Billy Graham, in his book ‘Nearing Home’, wrote, “Scripture is filled with examples of men
and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact … men and women who refused
to use old age as an excuse to ignore what God wanted them to do.”  Many Christians today use
their older age years just for themselves and miss the joy of impacting other lives for the Lord.

     Older age is a great age to be.  (You decide what age is older age – 50,60,70,80)  “It’s great
because years help us mature in love, gentleness, thoughtfulness, and wisdom.  We have the
accumulated experiences of a lifetime and a rich history in our walk with God,”  David Jeremiah.
Just think of all the lessons God has taught you over the years!!

     HOW ABOUT YOU??    Have you believed in the Lord Jesus to be your Savior as Simeon and
Anna did?  (1 Cor. 15:3,4, Acts 16:30,31).  No matter what your age, are you putting the Lord first
in your life (Matt. 6:33) and serving Him, doing all you can for Him as Anna did??  No matter
what your age, you can do something for Him – (Phil. 2:4, 1 Thess. 5:18, Matt. 28:19,20, Lk. 6:38).
{JUST DO IT!}  Read Psalm 92:12-15.  I have a little plaque in my study which says, “Only one
life, It soon will be past;  Only what is done for (& by) Christ will last.”

                                                                                                                 (DRA John 3:16,17)


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