I’ve often wondered what it is like getting old. Did you?
In your youth, you might be lovebombed by life. You are free and independent. You have the reins of your life in your own hands. Lovers come and go. No one can stop you from dreaming. There are no limits to fantasies. You can bend reality with your dreams, thoughts and imaginations. Then will come the adjustment phase; a nagging spouse, ungrateful children who will take but never give back and an old bitter boss. The dreariness and the drudgery are things you’ll never dream of.
Finally comes the old age. The beauty of life will be gone. You’ll look at your reflection in the mirror and you’ll be startled by all the facial wrinkles. All of a sudden your clothing will pinch and drag and chafe on your skin. Even your physical systems will wear out and have less and less of a safety margin with age. Your meals will change, including more veggies instead of juicy steaks. And, when it comes to sleep, it’s even worse. You’ll stare at the ceiling for most of the night.
Getting old will be hard, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy life well into your eighties. Not being able to walk fast, sleep at night or read without glasses should not pull you down and make you treat yourself as if you are some unnecessary burden.
Aging as a Christian should be seen as a joy and a blessing. Growing old in faith and with God’s grace is a gift not many are blessed with. The only way to get older and closer with Christ is by standing firm on God’s word.
God Will Give You Strength
The world might say that it’s common to lose strength as you get older, but does God say the same thing?
Believers should remember that God is their only source of unlimited strength.
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
– From Isaiah 41:10
“But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
– From Isaiah 40:31
“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
– From Psalm 73:26
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
– From Philippians 4:13
“He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.”
– From Isaiah 40:29
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
– From 2 Corinthians 12:10
“I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
– From Psalm 18:1-2
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.”
– From Psalm 28:7
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.”
– From Habakkuk 3:19
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
– From Colossians 2:9-10