In many cultures of the world, old age is associated with wisdom. Hence, there is almost an automated reverence accorded men and women advanced in age for by virtue of their lived experiences, they can serve as a good fountain of knowledge. It however does seem that such an approach ought to be embraced with some caution as we ponder on today’s text.

In his youth, Solomon was the embodiment of wisdom as given by God, all were testament of that. With age then, we would have expected him to have grown in that same regard. Yet, as ‘Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been’ (1Kgs 11:4).

A recent quote I heard read:

with commitment you can start, but it takes consistency to finish’.

It is not always just about the start of our race, the end also matters. So until you have finished your race, don’t stop running. Crucially though, ‘your race’.


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