Proverbs 16: 22-33
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. Verse 31
“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” (NIV)
I remember my dad having a full head of gray hair at the age of 50 years old. So, I wonder why I just keep looking at brown hair in the mirror with hints of grey at the sideburns? I suppose I should just rejoice that there is still hair to be brushed on my head.
Today’s proverb about gray hair not only denotes age and experience, but also denotes a righteous life. Not all those with gray hair have acquired wisdom and righteousness.
The proverb for today reflects a general belief that long life was a sign of God’s blessing. We still agree, as we often hear someone say, upon reaching old age, “I’ve been blessed.” As an indication of age, gray hair is not a disgrace but an honour. It’s a crown of splendor, an achievement to be celebrated. It’s a way of identifying the elderly who deserve respect. And if those having the crown of splendor are ones who’ve lived a righteous life, we should treat them with even more respect. They are people to whom we should listen if we are to live wisely and obediently.
We cannot picture Jesus with gray hair. Yet he lived the most righteous life ever. He wore a crown of thorns, colouring his hair with his blood, coloured red for our sake. If we are wise, we will give him the respect and worship that he deserves!
Father, thank you for displaying your love in the person of your Son, Jesus. Help us to see the wisdom demonstrated by a life crowned in glory, showing us how to live. In his name we pray. Amen.