Cross generational lines.
I want to imagine Moses for a moment. Traditionally, he spent 40 years in Egypt, then 40 years in exile in Midian, and finally 40 years in Wilderness with the people of Israel. Whether those precise segments are accurate, Deuteronomy 34;7 tells us that their sum, 120, was Moses’ age when he climbed Mt. Nebo, unable to cross over into the Promised Land with the others.
At what age did Moses retire from active leadership of the tribes? That’s right, he didn’t! Can you imagine Moses having this little, unrecorded chat with God and saying, “Lord, don’t tell them, but I’m kind of relieved that you’re not having me cross over the Jordan. I just can’t handle these young people and all their new-fangled slang!”
However long Moses stayed up there atop the mountain before he died, I’m sure that Moses wanted to be among the people he had led for so long. Yes, everyone from his generation had died, but Moses seemed to still have the fire. What was his secret?
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Moses managed to remain a cross-generational leader, but I suspect an answer. You see, no matter how much the people around him changed as he aged, Moses kept his eye on the unchanging personality of God. Time and again, he found the people frustrating. Time and again, God pointed him back to his duty.
Whether we find the older or the younger people difficult to understand is irrelevant. When we do our best to understand our unchanging God, He’ll insist that we continue to cross those lines of age.
- What is the most fascinating thing that you find about the younger generations? What is the most frustrating thing?
- What do find frustrating or fascinating about your elders?
- Pray for someone particular–one older and one younger–asking that God open up a connection for you with that person.