There are many of us who have wasted years of our youth seeking our own way either deep in sin or at least wasting time in fruitless endeavors. At some point in life we are faced with the question, “What am I doing and what is the purpose of all this?” For the Christian the answer is simple but can only be realized when we come to the end of ourselves. “Fear God, and keep his commandments” was Solomon’s conclusion to all these questions and when we become willing for this a whole new life opens up to the believer. Consider, for example, the promise given in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Eye hath not seen, not ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” What a promise! This promise is not qualified by any limitations like, “It’s too late for some who are old” or “My sins are too great”. It is for all who love God!

Joshua was 80 years old when he took the children of Israel into the promised land and he proved to be one of the world’s best military generals. Paul had committed the greatest of sins when God called him into service. The harlot, Rahab, believed in the one true God and was counted in the line of Christ. And her son, Boaz, was blessed by God and, tradition has it, married Ruth at the age of 80. History records that God used many, many people for great things because they forsook their own way and sought the Lord. Moses came to the end of himself at the age of 80 and God sent him to Egypt to deliver His people. And, “the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning”. (Job 42; 12)

For those who make more than a surface commitment to serve God and keep His commandments, the Lord forgives sin (Matt. 6:14), promises ‘life abundant’ (John 10:10), and redeems the time. (Ephesians 5: 16)… What more could we ask for?

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus I come, Jesus I come;
Into thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus I come to thee. (Jesus I Come)