‘Cast me not off in the time of old age…’ Psalm 71:9 KJV
Sometimes we joke about getting older and say things like, ‘I’m thirty-nine, and holding,’ meaning we don’t want to turn forty and be considered ‘old’. As long as you have a dream in your heart you will never be old. The Psalmist said: ‘I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.’ (Psalm 37:25 NIV) The main fear about ageing is ending up lonely, needy and unwanted. As living costs go up and pensions go down it’s wonderful to be able to say, ‘My God shall supply all [my] needs…’ (Philippians 4:19 NKJV) Your golden years can be the greatest years of your life. All the things you wanted to do when you didn’t have time are now available to you. ‘I wish I had more time to read.’ Now you can. ‘I wish I had more time to spend in prayer.’ Now you can. So many things: travel, ministry, grandchildren, hobbies, visiting friends; now you have time to enjoy them. Job 5:26 speaks of going to the grave in a full age. Judges 8:32 speaks of a good old age. Genesis 25 speaks of old men and women, full of years. You can die-full of years! That word ‘full’ means filled to the brim and running over. How good is that? Senior Citizen, God has a word for you today: ‘Even to your old age…even to grey hairs I will carry you!…’ (Isaiah 46:4 NKJV) Do you remember that old commercial for coffee, ‘Good to the last drop‘? Make that your life’s motto!
SoulFood: Num 14-15, Matt 15:15-28, Ps 5, Pr 5:1-2
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012