Rev. Walton Combs and his wife Mabel of Casa Grande, Az. have been active in our churches for decades…and have literally given their lives for the Gospel. Now they are aged, and his health is broken. Today I want to honor these two beautiful people and, by association, all elderly people of God.
He that is the Ancient of days charges that respect be shown to the aged. These people are worthy of double honor and privilege; favor is requisite when in their presence. Practical and spiritual wisdom reside with them, and compassionate acts of love and civility should surround them. Their comfort must be insured, their observations heeded. They should be elevated, and talk of their shortcomings must fail, except with the most loving and caring of family and friends, and then only when such attention is demanded. Their sons in the Gospel should insure they never suffer financial duress or need.
Since their youth, Walton and Mabel Combs have literally emptied themselves into God’s work. Now in their evening years, they are cherished by the United Pentecostal Church, Int., by the local church they founded in Casa Grande, by their sons, other family, and friends who are spread around the world. Long hailed will be their strength of character, the thousand songs, the thousand sermons, the people–bound for eternal damnation– snatched from Satan and directed toward God. Long will ring the stories.
“And Elihu the son of Baracehl the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
I said, days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.” Job 32:6-7
“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” Ecclesiastes 12:11
I know well a young man who has on his trophy shelf that attribute of unflinchingly taking direction from his godly and aging father. No major step is taken without consulting him, no spiritual concept embraced except by frank discussion. He respectfully takes counsel from his father, honors and elevates him. He makes allowances for his aging body and for his diminished strength.
“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32
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