Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. --Psalm 71:18
Old age is one of the most rewarding periods of life. And more so for those who have found the absolute joy in a loving and personal relationship with the Father through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The "sunset years" can better be known as the "golden years."
In his book, The Best is Yet to Be, Henry Durbanville wrote:
"I feel so sorry for folks who don't like to grow old…I revel in my years. They enrich me…I would not exchange…the abiding rest of soul, the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and bitter and perplexing experiences of life; nor the confirmed faith I now have in the…love of God, for all the bright and uncertain hopes and tumultuous joys of youth. These are the best years of my life…The way grows brighter; the birds sing sweeter; the winds blow softer; the sun shines more radiantly than ever before. I suppose ‘my outward man' is perishing, but ‘my inward man' is being joyously renewed day by day."
The strength and beauty of youth is meant to be more physical and is temporal. But, God determined the strength and beauty of growing in age to be spiritual and to last for eternity.
In Joshua 14, we see that Caleb inherited the land of Hebron because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. "So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out" (Joshua 14:10-11).
God gives strength spiritually to those who wholeheartedly follow after Him. Make a commitment today to enjoy the "golden years" of your life and the days God has given you, so that you can make a dramatic difference in this generation for Him.
PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you make the most of your days for His glory.
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