Seniors and Sin
In Genesis 27 we read the story of how Isaac's attempt to bless Esau (against God's will) was foiled by Rebekah's devious intervention. Isaac's disobedience and Rebekah's scheming demonstrate that even in old age, as they were, it is possible to fall into serious sin.
This being so, it would do well for senior saints to remember the following ideas concerning their own struggle with sinfulness;
1. God is your Senior
It is easy to get into the habit of thinking you're right about a lot of things because you are older and wiser. In many cases, this is true. However, elderly people are not above paying close attention to God's commands. Even though others are your juniors, God is still your Lord and you must obey Him.
2. Repent when you have to
Old age makes the bones brittle but do not let this happen to your spirit. Repent when you're wrong, continue to change what is not Christ-like about yourself. Old age is not an excuse for neglecting to say you're sorry to God or your fellow man.
3. Even seniors can be lost
Isaac risked losing his soul by being his foolish attempt to bless his favorite son over the one chosen by God. Age is no protection against the judgment of God who will condemn those who are unfaithful, whether they be young or old.
Old age brings wisdom and the satisfaction of a faithful life. Let's make sure that we don't allow Satan to trap us now that the prize is finally coming into view.
- How does the story of Isaac and Rebekah's actions in Genesis 27 illustrate the potential for individuals, even in their old age, to fall into serious sin? How might their actions serve as a cautionary tale for senior saints in today's context? Can you think of any modern parallels where elderly individuals might struggle with disobedience or compromise against God's will?
- In what ways can senior saints actively cultivate an attitude of ongoing repentance and self-improvement, despite their age-related challenges?
- What strategies can senior saints employ to ensure that their spiritual journey remains focused on faithful obedience to God, rather than being swayed by worldly temptations or personal preferences?