“The fear of the Lord adds length to life.” Pr 10:27 NIV
When asked about the benefits of living to be a hundred years old, one centenarian smiled and said, “There’s very little peer pressure.” Thanks to medical science we’re living to our eighties, nineties and beyond. But living longer means dealing with the realities of aging. Our youth-oriented culture gives old age a bad rap, but clearly God doesn’t agree. To Him old age is the reward for a life well-lived, a privilege earned, an accomplishment worth celebrating, and wisdom shared to benefit succeeding generations. For the next few days let’s observe some things about aging.
Note how God sees aging. He views long life as evidence of His favor. He says: “Through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life” (Pr 9:11 NIV). Longevity, with all its aches and pains, is a blessing. “The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.” You say, “But who will take care of me when I get old?” Don’t worry, God will be there for you: “I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime…even when your hair is white with age…I will care for you” (Isa 46:3-4 TLB). What an insurance policy! Is there proof that He does? Yes, ask the Psalmist. “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread” (Ps 37:25 NLT).
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