Don’t Be Blind To The Gray Hair
“Want to race? I’ll take you on in free style.” We were at the Olympic size pool in Duncanville a week before my granddaughter would be swimming in Austin at a Texas meet. “Sure Papa!” My grandson, Noah, gave the starting signal and I took off.
Now I swim several times a week. I was confident, stroked strong, and only took a couple of breaths during the entire fifty meter sprint. But when I touched, Fiona greeted me. She had easily won. You see, I forgot that she’s a teenager, strong and powerful, and I’m an old man with the gray hair to prove it.
Proverbs does say that gray hair is a crown of glory (Prov. 16:31), but it’s not glorious when you have gray hair to challenge the strength of the young. It’s really dumb when you ignore the gray and continue to pridefully think you’re in the prime of life, fit and strong.
In Hosea’s day the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Hosea often calls it “Ephraim,” the dominant tribe in the northern confederation) strutted around thinking they were in the prime of life as a nation. Their leaders sent emissaries to the Pharaoh in Egypt and to the King of Assyria in Nineveh. They lied in both places and then boasted among themselves at home about their ability to play one world power off against another. What they didn’t do was to honestly come before their true King, the Lord their God, and humbly ask for forgiveness.
“Ephraim is all tangled up with the nations.
Ephraim is a flat piece of bread not turned over.
Strangers devour his strength but he doesn’t know it.
His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he doesn’t realize it.
My wife, Mary, makes incredible homemade bread, but if it doesn’t get baked all the way through, even her tasty recipe has to be thrown in the trash. In this passage Hosea uses the imagery of “gray hair” but he also pictures his people’s intercourse with foreign nations as a half-baked foreign policy. Their pride causes them to rely upon their own cunning instead of relying upon God’s promise. In fact only God could protect them. When they failed to turn back to him, disaster did come in 722 BC when the Assyrians destroyed their nation.
LORD, help me to humbly accept where I am in life with its weaknesses and its strengths. Help me to bless each one of my grandkids and encourage them to keep becoming strong not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Help me recognize the stupidity of leaders who boast in their own pride, instead of humbly trusting in you.
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