Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:3-4 (NIV)
Read: Isaiah 46
Consider: Many people fear getting older, or at least they fear the uncertainty ageing brings in terms of health and financial security.
We seem to live in a world that is dominated by youth and often fails to take account of the experience of older people. Personally I think this has always been the case and there is nothing new in this. Each generation takes on the mantle of responsibility, only to have to relinquish it to the next generation. This is a natural progression. However, it can leave the older generation feeling that their time is over and they have nothing to offer.
I like the words from Isaiah 46 quoted above. Read them again. God has been caring for us from birth and he will continue to care for us into old age. There is no time in our lives that God is not interested in us, caring for us, carrying us and sustaining us. When he says: ‘Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he’, this means that God is still passionately interested in us even when we might feel that our energy is flagging and our usefulness is waning.
Whatever your age, God wants to use you in sharing the good news of the gospel with others. Older Christians have the benefit of experience and can act as encouragers to younger Christians facing life’s difficulties. It can be very encouraging for a young Christian (of a few months or years) to know that an older Christian (of many years) can still be enthusiastic and on fire for Christ.
The message then to each of us is not to look at the older generation as ‘past it’, but to look to them as examples of how to cope with life and how to live out faith in reliance on God.
Pray: Father, we thank you that you know us completely and there is no aspect of our lives beyond your care. We praise you that your care is constant from beginning to end. Give us a contentment with ageing and help us to see that because we are getting older does not mean that we become less useful to you. Amen