There are numerous Old Testament passages that speak of the time when God will set everything aright. Situations, circumstances, and even people will be brought back to the proper and God-ordained order. From such passages we often get a glimpse of God’s heart. He says, in essence, “This is what it should look like. This was part of the original plan.”
I happened across one of those references recently while reading the book of Zechariah.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing…” (Zechariah 8:4-5).
I love that. People of various ages together. Not separated by generations or years spent on earth. All together.
If you look honestly at history, the past fifty or so years is the first time when generations have had such a stark dividing line. Often in the past, entire families – even extended families – have lived together in harmony under the same roof. That’s nearly unheard of today.
Yet, from God’s perspective, being together – young and old alike – is apparently a good and positive thing. Being in close proximity on a regular basis with those who are older and younger than we are can have very positive effects.