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Devotional - week of June 5, 2011


FRUITFUL, FRESH AND FLOURISHING IN OLD AGE   

 

The righteous … shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.  Psalm 92:12-15

 

In old age, the righteous will be fruitful, fresh and flourishing. They   will be witnessing for the Lord declaring that the Lord is upright, their rock, and that there is no unrighteousness in him.  

 

The righteous in old age, then, will be blessed in unusual ways and will be a blessing to others.  

 

This is not to say that all righteous people will reach old age. It is common knowledge that God has brought home to Himself many righteous ones who never reached old age.

 

Most people who are righteous in old age entered the life of righteousness at a younger age. That is not to say that a person who has received Jesus as Lord and Savior in old age cannot enter a life of righteousness. Romans 5:17 says:

 

For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

 

Notice the word “receive” in this verse. It means to continue to receive. That means that we become righteous by continuing to receive the gift of righteousness. So, how do we do that?

 

We continue to receive righteousness when we continue to live out our oneness with Christ according to Romans 6:11-13. Those who continue to receive the gift of righteousness in old age will be fresh, flourishing and fruitful. They will continue witnessing about the Lord.