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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
King Solomon puts a young man next to an aging man and details the difference between the two. He says that a young man’s glory, or pride, or renown, is found in his STRENGTH, while an aging man’s splendor or magnificence can be found in his GRAYING HAIR.
Since I’m the aging man in this scenario, I would have to say that gray hair is a sign of what you’ve lost. A man or woman with gray hair has lost the pigment cells in their hair follicles. When that occurs, the strand of hair will become either gray or silver or white. Hopefully, the gray hair also signifies that what has been lost has in turn given birth to wisdom. Wisdom is the result of years spent attempting something and failing, then trying again and succeeding. In the process, something is triggered to kill pigment cells in our hair follicles, which then results in the loss of the color substance melanin. Oddly enough, the loss of hair color produces the gain of wisdom, and all of it becomes magnificent in God’s eyes. On the other hand, a young man has STRENGTH as his glory or renown! Would I trade Wisdom for STRENGTH? Never! Would I trade Gray Hair for Strength? In a heartbeat! But the joy is knowing that there is a blessing in being young and there is a blessing in being old. You could call it “The Glory And The Splendor.”
This AM, I am reminded of the words of David when he said, “I have been young, and I have been old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken.” Thank You for Your faithfulness to me all these years. Amen