Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.
The Bible never gloss over the problems we face as we grow older, neither does it paint old age as a time to be despised or a burden to be endured with gritted teeth. Neither does it picture us in our latter years as useless and ineffective, condemned to spend our last days in endless boredom or meaningless activity until God finally takes us home.
Instead, the Bible says that God has a reason for keeping us here; if He did not, He would take us to Heaven far sooner. But what is His purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? How can we learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations, and still maintain inner strength in the midst of these difficulties? How can we face the future with hope instead of despair?
These are some of the questions we face as we grow older. The Bible is not written just for old people. It is written for people at every stage of life, even those who never think about growing old. Old age is inevitable for those who live full lives.
The best way to prepare for the senior years, and live those years with purpose, is to keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who find themselves in retirement homes can still make Christ the centre of life, by reading His Word that will lead us to seeing life from God’s point of view. This is what strengthens us in difficulties and sustains us day by day. In Isaiah 40:29, the Bible says: “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”
Old age is a blessing from the Lord. We should never be afraid of ageing. Christians have a responsibility to show kindness, respect, and to take care of the elderly.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You are my help and my strength each new day. In Jesus name. Amen.