The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change. There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” Daniel 5:10-12
Daniel is no longer a young man and it has been years since he was last asked to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. It appears from today’s verses that Daniel has been all but forgotten by the new king. However the queen does recall Daniel and mentions him to the king. So what can we learn from today’s verses?
Daniel is most likely in his fifties or sixties possibly even older. We do not know what Daniel has been doing all these years but I would bet he has not neglected his relationship with God. Sometimes, and this is especially true in the West, we think that we should be able to relax in our golden years. Work hard for forty or fifty years and then retire. The thing is there is no retirement age when it comes to God’s work.
God can use us as children and he can use us as adults and He can use us a senior citizen. The Bible speaks often about the wisdom that comes with age. We can share our experiences with those younger than us. We can act as mentor for young Christians. Our Bible study teachers on Sunday are a couple both in their seventies. They prepare lessons each week, visit class members and make hospital visits.
On a personal note I started these devotionals at 59 years old and started my blog the same year. To be honest I never even gave blogging a thought until I was asked why I didn’t start a blog. I have to admit my first though was what do I know about blogs, that is a young person’s area. I am amazed almost every day that God allows me to privilege to write these devotionals. Every year when I get the stats on my blog I am humbled by how many people I have reached and how many countries I have reached, with my biggest surprise being Middle Eastern countries.
If God can use me, He can use anyone no matter your age. Today we have the ability to reach the world without ever leaving home. Think about that. When the Bible was written it letters and books would be copied by hand and then distributed a few copies at a time. Upon reaching their destination they would once again be hand copied. But it was this slow methodical process that reached the world with the Good News. No one could travel faster than a horse of a sailing ship and most of the time it was by foot.
Just as God used Daniel in his old age so God can and will use each of us. All we need to do is listen and heed His call. We may live in a society that worships at the altar of youth but God has no age limit on His disciples.
Have a blessed day,