One of the fun comments from the sermon on Sunday was that Abraham was promoised that he would be a great nation and than in the middle of all this his wife, who had been barren, was no longer able to concieve.
But he missed a point. Abram was 75 when he moved from Haran and built an alter at Sheckem. That is no youngster. In his 70s and 80s he managed to chanse down kings, rescue lot, and then he finds himself without a child qnd looking to Hagar to gain some heir apart from his servant.
Do not ever say that there is no future or no new beginning.
You may not be called until your old age.
12 Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak[c] of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going towards the Negeb.
17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 21 Were you a slave[a] when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 So, brothers,[b] in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
1 Corinthians 7:17-24
There are two conflicting passages: in one Abram, as head of the houeshold, is told by God your calling is to go to Canaan and there you will be a great nation. You are the patriarch. This man has not had a kid. He does not have one for another two decades or so. He's 75 ann his wife was no longer young.
In the second we are told we are called not to go to Cannana but to not be part of this world and this system. But we are to stay as we are. If we are married, we are to stay that way -- through if an unbelieving spouse divorces us, we are to let it go. If we are a slave, we are to remain one, but if we are able to buy our freedom, do it. Yet Paul himself was called from the enforcing of the rules of the council -- the Sanhedrin -- to preaching Christ crucified and Christ risen
And it was not Paul that called us, but Christ.
So do not let old age mean you lack zeal. It is not a time to contemplate death. It is a time to glorify God.
Who knows? You may, when you are older and the kids are grown, be able to do mightier things for God than in your youth.
But this corrupt elite who would enslave us all? do not be like them.