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   Morning Thoughts by Elder Philip Conley

Deuteronomy 32:7, "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee."

This morning, our country is reeling from many social problems. One of the biggest is lack of respect by the younger folks to their elders. The main reason that this problem exists is that parents are too lazy, scared, or unprincipled to discipline their children as they should and teach them respect for people that are older or in positions of authority over them. One thing my dad always used to say about this matter was, "When someone is older than you or in a position higher than you, you have to respect their years of experience and/or office whether you respect them as a person or not." For example, it is our responsibility to respect the president and others that are over us whether we like the man or not. We need to respect the elders of the church whether we personally get along or not. Personality clashes are no excuse for a lack of respect in the house of God.

Here, Moses gives an exhortation to ask the older generation of some things. Ask the fathers, elders, etc. about things already done. Ask them of OLD things. What things are these? The following verses give that answer, but the word itself also gives an answer to the things inquired after. The word "old" in this verse refers to things of an eternal nature.  It is something that has been done and things that will yet be done. Therefore, we are to ask and inquire of things about God (for He is the only eternal being). God has done things in the past "of old." He is working things now and will work things in the future. He is without beginning and without end. He is the Creator of all things in the universe.  He is the Creator of all things spiritual in man and the kingdom. He does all of these things. He is the
One that we are to inquire after.  

We should not be seeking after the things of man, or looking to find the answer to some cosmic question, "Well just what does it mean to be me?" Too many people today are geared into thinking, worrying, and inquiring after their own selves. We should be inquiring after the LORD. What does that entail? It means that we should seek to know all that we can about Him. We should be deeply devoted to studying His Word. We should look to our "elders" to teach us things that the LORD has revealed to them over the course of many years of study. One of the things I look forward to when going to a large meeting is sitting in the presence of older ministers to learn from them things about my LORD.  

I do like to hear an "occasional" story, but I am more concerned with knowing more about my LORD. I want to hear one more time about how He saved me as He saved Jacob from the waste howling wilderness. I want to hear just one more time about He brought me up out of an horrible pit and set my feet upon Christ and established my goings. I want hear the blessed story of how by grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves: it is a gift of God. These are the things of old to inquire after, for they are the only things that truly matter in the grand scheme of things.  "More about Jesus would I know. More of His grace to others show. More, more about Jesus."

In Hope,

Bro Philip