The word of God has so many stories of God’s love from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament all the way to the book of Revelation that concludes the New Testament. The Bible contains 66 books that were written by authors that were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It contains God’s message of salvation that is available for all. This post today will highlight some encouraging Bible stories for senior adults.
Whether you are reading a Bible story or you reading and meditating on Biblical truths found in individual Bible verses, people of all ages can be encouraged. In this post, however, we are going to suggest and focus on some Bible stories that are uniquely suited for Baby Boomers and older senior adults.
First, we will look at 5 passages and highlight some points in what we might think are some encouraging Bible stories for senior adults. In the end, we will list many other Bible stories that can be just as encouraging for those of us who might have entered what we call “‘old age.”
But, what is that age anyway?? Who defines what an “old man” or an “old lady” is? Not me, for sure!
But, I can tell you for sure that God’s word – the verses and stories found in the Biblical text of God’s word can be a great encouragement for more mature adults or for the younger generation. But, for a bit, let’s look at some stories that can apply to seniors of faith.
Encouraging Bible Stories for Senior Adults
1- The Story of Moses’ Calling and Leadership
As we begin our search for encouraging Bible stories for Senior Adults, let’s have a look at a fairly familiar one, Let’s take a look at Moses.
Never Too Late for a New Calling
Moses’ calling by God at the burning bush is one of the best-known stories in the Bible.
Found in Exodus, chapters 3-4 and 14 this story that many learned in Sunday School is an incredibly huge story for Christians and those who are of the Jewish faith also. At the age of 80, Moses was minding his own business tending his father-in-law’s sheep.
Suddenly, he encountered a bush that was on fire but was not being burned up. As you probably remember, God spoke to Moses from the bush, calling him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Initially, he resisted that call, talking about his inadequacies, his lack of eloquence, and He didn’t think the Israelites would believe him anyway. God ultimately reassured him, gave him some miraculous signs, and also gave him the support of his brother Aaron.
Moses went on to confront Pharaoh, leading the Israelites out of Egypt through the miraculous parting of the Red Sea among other great events, and guiding them for 40 years in the wilderness. Although Moses didn’t personally get into the promised land, his people did and the life and contribution of Moses at an old age was amazing.
I hope you will read or re-read the story, but here are some takeaways about God’s plans for those who might be senior adults who are seeking or walking with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Moses was 80 years old when he was called by God. That might seem like an impossible task that God was asking Him to do. However, his age was not a barrier to what God wanted him to do regardless of the difficult circumstances that Moses feared.
Moses felt inadequate and ill-equipped for the task God assigned him, but God provided everything he needed. Seniors who may feel inadequate or limited by age can be inspired to trust that God can use them as they are and provide what else they need!
Moses was a reluctant main character in the story of the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt, However, Moses learned more and more about God’s faithfulness and how older people who might feel ill-prepared for a task can do great things in the name of the Lord if they will choose to follow God. Seniors can be encouraged that it’s never too late for them to take on new challenges or pursue new callings.
Leading with Wisdom and Experience
In many cases, as with Moses, his senior age was an asset, not a liability. His wisdom and experience of age helped lead the Israelites and eventually be able to give bring God’s law including the Ten Commandments. Seniors have a wealth of life experience and wisdom that they can share with others, a reminder that they continue to have valuable roles in their communities
Trust in God’s Guidance
Mose’s leadership out of Egypt and through many difficult circumstances is a great example of God’s constant guidance and provision. This can remind seniors to trust in God’s direction, even when the path ahead seems uncertain or challenging.
Life of Faith and Obedience
Moses’ life and his journey of faith, obedience, and growing trust in God. Baby Boomers and other Senior Adults can find encouragement in continuing to grow in faith and obedience, no matter where they are in life.
Let’s take a look at some other encouraging Bible stories for senior adults!
2- The Story of Abraham and Sarah
Being Impatient with God’s Promises
You may remember that God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. God told him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky! But, to Abraham and Sarah’s confusion, they remained childless for many years. You will find in the story that they tried to run ahead of God and make it happen sooner. So, even pillars of the faith are sometimes not as patient as they should be.
When they were well past childbearing age, God reiterated His promise, but Sarah laughed at the idea that she was going to have a child at such an old age. But, to her surprise, she gave birth to a son, Isaac, when she was 90 and Abraham was 100. So, God’s promise came true, and Sarah bore a son, Isaac, when she was 90, and Abraham was 100.
The story of Abraham and Sarah’s late blessing holds several lessons that can resonate with senior adults:
Well, God’s timing is certainly unlike what we think it will be at times. That was certainly the case with the birth of Isaac. But, it was God’s timing, not theirs. This can remind seniors that God’s plans and timing are often different from our own but always perfect and his promises are solid.
Faith in the Face of Doubt
Both Abraham and Sarah had their struggles with doubt, but they found that God is faithful to all of His promises even when our faith is shaken. Baby Boomers and older senior adults struggling with doubts or unanswered prayers can find encouragement in their example.
Blessings Can Come in Unexpected Ways
The birth of Isaac was a miraculous and unexpected blessing for a couple who had really doubted what God had promised. This story can encourage seniors to always look for and appreciate the unexpected blessings that God can provide at any age. Sometimes senior adults can get the impression that everyone, including God, has forgotten them. I promise you – He hasn’t. However, we need to exercise the faith that God can bring unexpected times of blessing at any age.
A New Beginning in Later Life:
Abraham and Sarah’s lives were transformed in their old age. They had a great new chapter in an unfinished story. Personally, I love to share with others about how my mom had some of her greatest times of ministry when she was past retirement age as she worked in a Crisis Pregnancy Center. It was a totally different career path that God called her into when she was in her senior adult years.
The story of Abraham and Sarah stands as a reminder that new beginnings and positive and significant life changes can happen later in life. It’s never too late for God to work in powerful ways. When you get discouraged always remember that God’s plan and timing are always right.
The story of Abraham and Sarah’s late blessing is a beautiful illustration of God’s faithfulness and perfect timing. It can encourage us to have faith that God can bring joy and new beginnings at any stage of life.
For senior adults, this story can be a source of hope and encouragement as they are reminded that God’s promises are sure, He is always on time, and that joy can be found by faith in God at any point in our lives.
3- Simeon and Anna Recognize Jesus
Walking With God Through the Years Opens Up Channels of Blessings
Here is a passage that we might not consider one of the most famous stories in scripture, but I think it is one of many inspiring stories that can speak to the daily lives of senior adults. It speaks volumes about the faithfulness of senior adults who have faithfully looked to God and waited on Him.
This interesting story is found in the Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verses 25-38 and introduces us to two devout and faithful individuals, Simeon and Anna became a part of the story of Jesus as He is first presented at the temple. Both of them are elderly, have been waiting for the promised Messiah, and both recognize Jesus as the promised Savior when he is presented in the temple by his parents.
Patient Waiting and Faithful Service
Simeon and Anna’s patience in waiting for the Messiah speaks volumes to all of us, particularly, senior adults. They had lived lives of prayer, fasting, and faithfulness to God. Their story encourages seniors to remain faithful and patient, trusting God’s promises, even when fulfillment seems delayed.
Devotion To God Enabled Them To See Jesus
Simeon and Anna’s recognition of Jesus might seem like a chance encounter to some. However, it was the result of a lifetime of devotion, prayer, and seeking God. Had they not been committed to their faith and being where God asked them to be, they may have never seen the young messiah. Seniors can find encouragement in the fact that a lifelong relationship with God bears fruit in unexpected and beautiful ways.
Wisdom and Recognition
Both Simeon and Anna understood enough about the scriptures, were in touch with God, and had the wisdom to recognize Jesus for who He was. This wisdom only comes from spending time with God. This is a great encouragement to all of us and shows seniors that years spent in devotion and service to God lead to discernment and understanding.
The story of Simeon and Anna exemplifies the virtues of patience, devotion, and wisdom that are the results of a longtime relationship with God. It reminds senior adults, and indeed all of us, that faithfulness to God may be rewarded in profound and unexpected ways. Their example encourages us to continue seeking God diligently.
4- The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
In this parable found in Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus tells the story of a landowner who hires workers at various times throughout the day as workers in his vineyard. He agrees to pay each of them a denarius, which in those days was a usual wage for a day’s work. the landowner hired some workers early in the morning, then others at midday, and finally, he hired some with only a small amount of time left in the workday.
When it came time for the workers to get paid, the landowner paid each worker a denarius. Of course, those who were hired earlier in the day thought that they should receive more than those who came later in the day.
Although those who were hired earlier grumbled at what they thought was unfair, the landowner replied that he was not being unfair, as he had paid them exactly what was agreed upon. He lets them know that he has the right to make the decision about his own money.
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard can speak powerfully to senior adults in several ways:
It’s Never Too Late To Receive His Grace
The parable emphasizes the grace and generosity of God. It demonstrates that God can show His love, compassion, grace, and generosity to anyone. The love of Jesus is available to anyone in this present life regardless of when they come to Him.
For those seniors who may never have repented of their sins, placed their faith in Christ, and accepted Him as Savior, that is available as long as we are here on this earth. Statistics will tell us that most people accept Jesus as their savior earlier in life. However, statistics don’t rule, Jesus does.
It doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 100 years old, if you have not trusted Jesus as your savior, it’s not too late for the greatest decision of your life – one that gives you eternal life and you can have a personal walk with the Son of God now and forever with a future in Heaven.
Encouragement for Late Blooming Christians
Maybe you are of the baby boomer generation or older and you accepted Christ at a young age. Maybe you were faithful in going to church and tried to live as the Bible teaches. However, you might feel like God is calling you to dig into His word more, be a greater encourager to others, or become a real prayer warrior who invests great time in prayer.
You may be in decent health, still very mobile, and have quite a few options of service.
However, most of us would be surprised at how many seniors who live in some type of assisted living community or even a nursing home find that God gets their attention in the later part of life and uses them in a special way.
If you are a senior adult, just know that God can bless late in life you with a gift to love and serve others more than you ever have.
Value and Dignity as a Child of God at Any Age:
We can remind ourselves that the workers who were hired late were no less valuable to the landowner than those hired early. Senior adults can rejoice in this because our worth to God is not tied to our performance or how much we have worked for Him.
Because of what Jesus did on the cross, a Christian at any age is accepted and loved as a child of God no matter if they are in the morning, afternoon, or evening times of their lives. A person’s worth in God’s eyes doesn’t diminish with age because their value is based on God’s grace and love for them and they still have great significance in the kingdom of God as His beloved child.
Finding Contentment with God’s Plan
The grumbling of the early workers can be a reminder to any of us who have most of our years behind us. Let’s not play the comparison game with others. Seniors can look back at what others have and be envious or they can look back with so many regrets and compare their life’s journey with others. The parable can encourage contentment and trust in God’s individual plan and timing for each person.
For those who may feel like they’re coming to certain realizations, callings, or understandings later in life, this story can be incredibly affirming. It illustrates that God’s call and rewards are not limited by human timeframes.
Emphasizing Eternal Perspective
The earthly ideas of fairness are transcended by God’s grace in this parable. It reminds me of the thief on the cross who, although he did not call on Jesus until the end of his life, Jesus had mercy on Him and he went to paradise with Jesus that very day. Let’s be reminded that our earthly perspectives are limited, and we should realize that God sees things perfectly from an eternal viewpoint.
In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, these lessons can resonate with senior adults and all of us at any stage of life. It’s a story that underscores God’s grace, encourages us to find contentment in His plan, and urges us to see our lives from an eternal perspective. Whether you’re newly discovering faith or you have had years of spiritual growth, this parable is a great one to encourage you to be thankful for God’s grace in every season of life.
5- Paul’s Contentment and Joy in All Circumstances
Paul the Apostle Sets The Example
I love the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians! It has some of the most cherished verses in the New Testament. In Philippians 4:4-13, the Apostle Paul shares a profound message of joy, peace, and contentment in all circumstances. These verses can offer encouragement and guidance for senior adults in various stages of life.
Rejoicing in the Lord Always
Paul encourages the believers to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” The thing about this exhortation to joy is that it doesn’t have to be dependent on circumstances but on the unchanging nature of God. Seniors can find comfort in this assurance, knowing that joy can be found in Christ, regardless of life’s challenges.
Peace Beyond Understanding
The Apostle also teaches about the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding. Through prayer and thanksgiving, believers can present their requests to God, and His peace will guard their hearts and minds. Senior adults who may face anxieties and uncertainties can rely on this promise, trusting in God’s providence and care.
Learning Contentment in Every Situation
This portion is huge for me in my stage of life. In these verses, Paul shares his personal experience of learning contentment in various circumstances. As people age they certainly find that they can’t do all the things that they used to do.
However, Paul emphasizes that the contentment he is referring to comes through Christ, who gives him the strength to do anything He asks. No, we can’t think of hardly anyone who did as much for the Kingdom as Paul the Apostle. However, seniors can identify with the principles Paul is speaking of in these passages.
They not only apply to someone who, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, wrote a huge portion of the Bible. Paul wanted his readers to understand that contentment doesn’t stem from external factors but from a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-13 provides a beautiful and timeless message of joy, peace, and contentment. It encourages senior adults to find their satisfaction in Christ alone, to pray with thanksgiving, and to rest in the peace that only God can provide. Paul’s words remind us that true joy and contentment are anchored in our relationship with the Lord. It’s a lesson for all generations, affirming that true fulfillment is found in Christ, who strengthens us in every season of life.
Additional Encouraging Stories and Scripture Passages for Seniors
The stories we mentioned above may not be the first ones that come to mind when you think about encouraging bible stories for Seniors. But, that was the intent.
Here are some other stories that have great application for any age person:
The Story of Noah and the Ark – Genesis 6:5 – 9:17
The story of the Battle of Jericho – Joshua 6: 1-27
The Story of Daniel and Lion’s Den – Daniel 6: 1-28
Jonah and the “Big Fish” – Jonah 1:1 – 2:10
The Story of Gideon – Judges 6:1 – 8:35
David and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17:1-58
The Birth of Jesus – Matthew 1:18 – 2:23, Luke 2:1-40
Parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
Lazarus Raised from the dead – John 11:1-44
Healing of the Blind Man – John 9:1-41
Crucifixion of Jesus – Matthew 27:32-56, Mark 15:21-41, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37
Resurrection of Jesus – Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18
There are so many wonderful stories and verses in the Bible we could just go on for pages and pages. You can use these for individual bible study, and group Bible study. Trust God’s word to help get you through hard times as you read the good news contained in the bible that leads to the death, burial, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior!
I hope that our topic of Encouraging Bible Stories for Senior Adults has been helpful to you! Be encouraged and God bless you as you read and study His word!