Vol. 8, No. 11
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In ancient times in some nations there were messengers that would run to take their messages. In Palestine there were messenger teams. One messenger would run a distance and then hand off the message to another runner. There were different teams for different messages. There was a good message team and a bad message team.
The watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem knew the runners that always ran the last leg to Jerusalem. Thus, when the runner was approaching the city, the watchmen could already yell to let people know what kind of message was coming. People would gather to greet the runner with good news. They looked forward to hearing the joyous information he was bringing.
Because Palestine is very hilly, the runners were required to run through the mountains. In Isaiah 52:7, we read, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"
This verse is a prophecy of the Gospel age. We know this because Paul uses it in Romans 10:15 to say that preachers and teachers are needed to spread the Gospel. According to God, it is a wonderful thing to bring the good news of his salvation to people. People need the good news of salvation.
Do you tell people about God, Jesus, the Bible and the church? Do you obey God in all things? You need to study the Bible and learn what it says. You need to tell others what it says. Make sure that God thinks you have beautiful feet. If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
While we do not know what will happen to us throughout our lives, we do know that as the years go by we grow old. Our bodies and our minds lose the strength that they had in our younger years. We move more slowly and think more slowly than we did when we were young.
Sometimes because of these limitations, older people think that they cannot do anything. It is not unusual for older people to begin to think that they are not wanted. Or, they may think that there is no longer purpose in their lives.
In Psalm 71:18, we read, "Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come." David wrote this psalm. It sounds like he was praying that he intended to work for God until he died.
A Christian wants to do all he can for God. He will always take the opportunity to teach others God's Word. He will always take the opportunity to do good so that others will see God's love. Therefore, as he grows older, he does not lose his purpose. He will always have the purpose to do God's will.
As a young person, you can do several things for older persons. You can encourage them to become Christians if they are not Christians already. This will give them a purpose in life. You can ask them to teach you about the Bible. You can encourage them to teach others. You can help them do good things for others. You can ask them their advice on how to live according to God's will.
Encourage older people to continue to work for God, and keep working for God yourself. Until next time, keep reading your Bible and getting God's wisdom. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask a parent to help you.