So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
“I am young in years, and you are very old;
Therefore I was afraid,
And dared not declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, ‘Age should speak,
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’
8 But there is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise,
Nor do the aged always understand justice.
Elihu has some flaws in his response to Job, but he also points out several truths that we can draw from.
I love the fact that age is irrelevant to our God when he decides to use someone. One of NCC’s core values is that it’s never to late to be who you might have been. God cares little for the age of those he uses and speaks through, be it old or young. God called David, Joseph, and Jeremiah at young ages, and he called Moses and Noah when they were well past their youth.
The apostle Peter quotes from Joel in Acts 2:17:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
However unimportant age may be, I think Job 33:8 is the key: But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
God can and will use you regardless of your age, but the key is that we’re not working on our our own, but with the Holy Spirit that God has given us. It’s the Holy Spirit that empowers you to be who God has called you to be.
As we continue to read through the Bible this year, whether you’re relatively young or a seasoned veteran, lets be open and sensitive to the Leading of the Holy Spirit and what God wants to speak to you, because He does want to use you.