God used my Aunt Mary for the title of the blog listening to T.D. Jakes’ teaching.
Webster’s meaning: Stage-a period or step in a process, activity, or development
You have some people that are young but are developed more in certain areas than people who are older. My grandmother Luecile would say “there is nothing worse than an old fool.”
Joseph in Genesis Chapters 37-45, started at the age of 17 on his journey and was promoted second in command by the age of 30 through his gift of interpreting dreams. He operated through love when his family and everyone was doing evil towards him, and God promoted him.
Samuel anointed David, the youngest out of his brothers, as king. 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The good news is if you are at a stage in life that you are not developed in, it is never too late.
Joshua and Caleb went into the promised land at the age of 85. Moses was 80 when he led the Israelites out of Egypt.
You are never too young to be used by God and you are never too old for God to use you in a mighty way. God can restore the years that has been taken away from you. (Joel 2:25)
The man at the pool of Bethesda in John Chapter 5, had been at that stage for 38 years, making excuses. Jesus asked the man at the pool, “Do you want to be healed?” The man said yes, and Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk. My Aunt Mary would say to me when I would procrastinate or make excuses, “All you have to do is step.” Certain prices I paid spiritually and literally, were from making excuses. I love the song by Tramaine Hawkins “The Potter’s House.” I love the verse, “You don’t have to stay in the state that you’re in/ the potter wants to put you back together again/ Joy in the potter’s house/Peace in the potter’s house Love in the potter’s house/There is salvation in the potter’s house/There is healing in the potter’s house/There is deliverance in the potter’s house/ You will find everything you need in the potter’s house.
It is a person’s stage, not the age!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me and being patient. I repent for making excuses and remaining in the terrible stage I am in. I take up my bed and walk into the blessing God has already provided for me. Man looks on the outward. I thank you, God, you look on my heart. God, I ask you to search my heart for any evil in me and lead me in the way that is everlasting. Your word says those who have a pure heart receives a blessing from you. I let you Lord do surgery on my heart and restore the years in my life. I praise you in advance in Jesus’ name! Amen.