Age Is No Excuse

Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
— Jeremiah 1:6-8 NKJV

The Father is no respecter of persons. He measures with a different standard than we do. Human logic evaluates a person’s readiness for something by age, maturity, and/or training. For example, I don’t hand my 5-year-old son a loaded handgun to play with. It would not matter how much instruction I tried to give him regarding gun safety and operation; he is simply too young and not yet ready to handle that kind of responsibility. He would only cause injury or death to himself or others. As he grows older and learns to be more responsible, he will understand that a gun is not a toy but a weapon that can bring harm and thus must be treated with great care and respect.

When the Father comes to interact with us, however, He bases our readiness not on our age but on our heart. For example, we read of Samuel, one of the most revered prophets in the Old Testament, who was weaned by his parents and then given over to the Lord’s purpose by being placed in the house of Eli the priest, who instructed him. It was during this time, while at a young age, Samuel heard the voice of the Father. Three times the Lord called Samuel by name, and three times Samuel ran to Eli. The Father spoke to Samuel and told him what He was going to do. Eli was partially blind and no longer heard the Father as he once did. Understandably, he tried to pry the information out of Samuel. My point is this: the Father speaks to us no matter our age. He is an eternal Father and we are eternal beings. Age is limited to a time-space environment whereas eternity is not.

We are always prone to intimidation by people or circumstances around us. Intimidation stems from fear, which is a strong emotion that can paralyze us if we’re not careful. It lives in the realm of safety. People who are intimidated like safety—and this can feed one’s pride. Many times, and for many reasons, we choose fear over the voice of the Father. Nervousness is another intimidator and is a close relative of fear. There’s nothing wrong with being nervous at times, depending on the circumstances. I can easily imagine that David felt nervous facing Goliath, despite his strong faith in God. But the word of the Lord was David’s weapon, and it gave him confidence. Likewise, our greatest source of power and authority in life is “the word of the Lord.” We may make excuses such as being too young, or claiming that we’re not ready, or that you see someone else would be better. But when we hear the word of the Lord refuting these claims, we realize that His word far supersedes any other authority and silences every excuse.

The world operates by its own standards that rate power and influence by such indicators as age, education, training, and wealth. These standards exert great influence, and people who pursue power and influence in this way can easily become enamored by them. This can leave many of us feeling hopeless because there are so many people way ahead of us. That’s when we need to take a step back to consider whether or not those who seek power in the world’s way can hear the Father. While everything about them might look orderly outwardly, who knows their inward condition? They might speak the language of earth, but do they possess the language of the heavens—revelation, understanding, and the insight of the Holy Spirit? Most likely not! Only the sons of God have such access to the Father, while others have yet to know Him. Whenever He speaks to us, He is giving us the right to be sent. We in humility take on the mandate to follow through. Nothing can stop us as the Father paves our way. Age and knowledge have no bearing on the things of the Father. He goes for the heart!