Nowadays, when most churches want young pastors and so much of our programs and services are designed and geared to youth, there is still something to be said for the voice of age and experience. Warning bells and alarms ought to go off when young Rehoboams scorn the counsel of the aged men for the modern, untried, inexperienced advice of those with which they have grown up.

“Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.” (I Kings 20:11)

Reverence for Aged Men

We have always needed old people to keep things from going too fast and young people to keep them from going to slow. Youth has fire, and age has light. We need both. Youth has strength, and age has wisdom. We need both. If only youth knew how and old age could! If only youth, while fiery and strong could possess wisdom and experience; but at last, it cannot be so.

Some things come only with the passing of years, and the fruit of wisdom cannot be produced by any hurried process. Some things we must wait for.

Reverence for Aged Men

A mellow, confident, experienced Christian character cannot be grown hurriedly by any quick, overnight method. The Apostle Paul at the end of his course and the finish of his fight, has an advantage over young Timothy. The old soldier laying down his armor still has an earned veteran’s right over the most promising recruit.

Reverence for Aged Men