“The fear of the Lord adds length to life.” Pr 10:27 NIV
Don’t let fear dominate your later years. Don’t let life’s “unknowables,” like finances, health, loneliness, loss of friends and family members, etc., get you down. The Bible says, “You do not know the path of the wind…how bones are formed in the womb…you do not know the activity of God” (Ecc 11:5 NAS). There’s much in life you’ll never know, yet God has brought you this far! So, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do…he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God…Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life” (Pr 3:5-8 TM). It’s who, not what you know, that will prosper and protect you all of your days. Put the unknown into God’s hand and trust Him with your worries. “Sow your seed in the morning [your youthful years] and do not be idle in the evening [your older years]” because your evening and your morning sowing “will succeed…both of them” (Ecc 11:6 NAS). Activate—don’t vegetate! And decide to rejoice every day. General MacArthur said, “Years may wrinkle the skin, but giving up interest wrinkles the soul. When the wires are down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and icy cynicism, then and only then, have you grown old.” Determine to add joy to the gift of long life. “Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all” (Ecc 11:8 NAS).
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