Dealing with difficult situations in your old age
Someone once said ‘life is not fair’. While we sometimes cannot explain why some things happen, the truth of the matter is that hard times can come to anyone and at any stage in life.
While we are young by the grace of God we can try our best to avoid problems in the future. Wise steps include taking care of your family, ensuring that you have a network of good relationships, laying up for your future the list goes on.
However you can do all this and still confront hard situations in your old age.
Unfortunately, we live with people and what others do can affect us at any stage in life. The last thing you want to do in your old age is to harbour unforgiveness , just too risky and not worth it. As we travel the path of life, we must realise that the more we grown and mature in the Lord the better for us.
Imagine being lied to by your children for many years that one of them had been killed by an animal. You wept and sorrowed for many years only to find out in your old age that it was a lie. Your own children actually killed your son, their brother what would you do? This is what happened to Jacob. The account can be read in the book of Genesis.
Nobody knows how Jacob felt after he realised that his own children had deceived him these many years, but he must have forgiven them. Not only that, he also ensured that Joseph forgave them for what they did.
Genesis 50: 15 – 20
15And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Verse 17 states that Jacob had asked Joseph to forgive his brethren, This is evidence that Jacob eventually found out what his children did.
I think it is safe to say that Jacob though he had his faults must have had a good heart. It is evident that he must have forgiven his children and also made sure that they were all at peace.
Talk about a difficult situation that must have been very difficult.
Thank God that there is grace to forgive, we all have to forgive others, it doesn’t matter how old we are. His grace is sufficient for us.
If you know anyone that is old and going through a tough time, please encourage them. The God that saw Jacob through, will see them through.
The Lord is a very present help in time of trouble. His grace is sufficient.