Monday, November 30th, 2009
"Train up a boy according to the way for him; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
Scriptural instruction combined with the voice of experience and an example of endurance can make a real difference in determining whether a young person will grow up with solid faith. Older ones should never underestimate the powerful force for good that they can be to their family. Older ones can also be a good influence on fellow believers. In his old age, Jacob’s son Joseph performed a simple act of faith that had a profound effect on millions of true worshippers who lived after him. He was 110 when “he gave a command concerning his bones,” namely, that when the Israelites finally left Egypt, they were to take his bones with them. (Hebrews 11:22; Genesis 50:25) That command served as an added ray of hope for Israel during the many years of hard slavery that followed Joseph’s death, providing assurance that their deliverance would come.
(Watchtower issue: 6/1/07, 2:9, 10)