Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 7 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 10-12
Food for Thought: II Chron. 10:1-19
One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to disregard the wisdom of our elders, especially those who have been in the faith longer than we have and are more mature spiritually. (Yes, it is true that not all elders are wise, but the odds of our elders having some valuable input based on years of experience are greater than some youth, who thinks he is smarter than he really is, contributing some advice worth following.) Often times, the youth tend to make “knee-jerk” reactions based on highly charged emotions instead of on the Word or on life-lessons of the past. Those reactions always seem to them to be so right and logical, yet they cannot be farther from sound advice and eventually produce painful consequences.
All through the Word, elders take a prominent place in the leadership of the people, and when godly elders are disregarded, it is seen as tragic, as indicated in Lamentations 5:12: “Princes were hung up by their hands, and elders were not respected.” Within the healthy Church, elders are highly esteemed and placed in positions of authority. In fact, appointing elders was of utmost importance (See Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). As an example of their distinction in leadership, in Acts 15 we see that they, along with the apostles, were tasked with discussing the weighty matter of Gentiles receiving Christ as the Messiah and joining the faith.
I Timothy 5:17 says, “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” In order to honor elders in our lives, we first need to acknowledge them and include them in the major events and decisions. For those who would say they cannot identify a godly elder to whom they could consult, they should begin by praying about that and asking the Lord to point out the spiritual elders in their lives or move them into a place where such people are functioning so them they could submit to them. Friendly advice from youthful buddies will only get them so far. We all need elders.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):