By Michael V. Wilson
Now and then you read or hear something which immediately strikes a chord in you; you read it or hear it and instantly you think, “Ah ha! That's it!” I had that happen to me this weekend on Sunday morning.
Our church has published a series of monthly Bible reading guides which, if followed, will walk you through the entire Bible in one year. You'll read every word in it if you read each selection of verses each day. Our whole church is doing it so by the end of the year we'll have all read the whole Bible cover-to-cover together.
I've read it cover-to-cover seven times before this; 3 times in the King James, once in the NASB, twice in the NIV and once in the NKJV. I'm following the reading guide with the rest of the church as well as doing my own reading. By the end of this year I'll have read it twice more. The point is, I've read the Bible as much as anyone and I STILL find things in it I hadn't noticed or paid attention to before.
Sunday morning I read Psalm 71:18,
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
It was one of the last Psalms King David wrote toward the end of his life, hence his declaration that he is old and grayheaded. But notice what he says; he can still declare God's strength to this (or his) generation and leave something for posterity (those who are to come) demonstrating God's power.
Regardless of how old and grayheaded some of us may be – eventually all of us will be – we can still declare, or tell people about God, about Christ. We can leave something for those to come, our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren after them. No matter how old we are we can still talk and witness to others. Even if we're in a nursing home, bedridden and feeble, we can tell the nurses and orderlies about Christ, we can bear witness of what He's done in our lives and lead them to salvation. If they're already saved we can help them remain strong in the power of His might.
This verse, this one verse, tells us something very plainly and very simply . . . if you're still breathing, God's not done with you yet. Get to work!