Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Grey Hair vs Strength
(Getting To Know The Glory)
Glory is something that defines us… it tells a story about not only people but also things. Paul tells us that the sun, moon and stars have glory.
1st Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
Jesus said Solomon had glory when he compared him with the lilies of the field.
Matthew 6:29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
In today's proverb we see how the glory of young mens strength sets them apart from old men who get grey hair. These differences tell a story that gives us clues that go into the make up of who these are. Solomon speaks generally about certain aspects that are common in both groups of individuals. These are only small parts of knowing a young or an old man. For us to know them better we would need to look at their glories close up, one one one at on an individual level…
Solomon ends today's proverb by saying “but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.”
You know, this is what becomes of the young men who were once known for their strength… they are now known for something else. This time he uses a different word besides glory to describe it… Splendor. But this is like glory…in fact its sometimes translated as glory instead of splendor. But splendor in the Hebrew seems to me to carry with it the ideal of wearing that glory… It shines out from your life. In some way this God given glory exceeds the strength which you had as a young man. Of course every grey head tells a story of a life of experience, but I expect Solomon is thinking of a man who has grown in wisdom and knowledge and prudence and discernment, peace and joy… His heart is steady and anchored in the Lord. Instead of using his physical strength to build a fence or help a neighbor he now moves whole mountains in peoples lives by counseling them with love and wisdom.
Earlier we looked at how we get to know someone better by reading the stories that their glories tell close up and one on one. That’s the same way we get to really know the Lord. As we see more and more of his glory we know him better and better.
In Exodus 33:18 Moses ask God for this very thing: Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
And the next day Moses went upon the Mountain and God began doing that very thing. Check it out in Exodus 33 and 34. God began showing Moses who he was. He told him about his character and the different attributes that set him apart from everything and everyone else. It changed Moses... I think for the benefit of the Children of Israel and us… From then on when Moses removed his veil and went before God the skin of his face would glow after being in the presence of Gods glory. But I think the biggest change was his heart. Looking back to this very event the Apostle Paul tells us how God does this very thing for us spiritually.
2nd Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
1st Chronicles 16:29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;