1 Chronicles 1:32 (NIV)
32 The sons born to Keturah, Abraham’s concubine: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan.
Proverbs 4:18 (NIV) 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
What can we discover about our God from a long list of names and genealogies? Apparently, quite a lot. If you remember the history of Abraham and Sarah, they had been promised a son from their union when they were way past the ages of bearing children. They trusted God when Abraham was 100, and Sarah was 90 years of age; they saw Isaac born into their world.
It would be many years later that Abraham would be tested by God, asking him to offer up his only son whom he loved as a sacrifice. Isaac was probably about 17-18 years of age at this time. It would be a few years later when Sarah would die, and Abraham buried her in the promised land.
Abraham was now at least 137 years old. We learn in Genesis 25 that he takes another wife named Keturah. From their union, Abraham had six more children. All these he fathered when he was between the ages of 137-175 years old.
We see this pattern often in Scripture that God gives to those who follow him their most productive years at the time when most others are looking for a way to slow down and retire.
This is not to be for the people of God. We serve Him until he calls us home. Could it be that your best years of ministry for the kingdom are right out in front of you? I think this may just be the reality that God has for those who follow him in these days.