“Even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you” [Isaiah 46:4].
Growing old is a shock to most people. That may be why so many men and women of mature years use the skill of the beautician to cover their “hoar hairs!” A leading neurologist once said, “Retirement can be the severest shock that the human organism can sustain.”
He was right, for the declining years of life are in many cases fraught with worry and fear – and too often bring abandonment. Is there any more heart-rending sight than old men and women shut away in some institution, forgotten by family and friends? The older we grow, the less use the world has for us.
Some years ago, researchers claimed on the basis of the histories of four hundred famous people that 66% of the world’s greatest work was done by those past sixty.
That encourages us that we can be useful and productive whatever our age, but it does not affect the fear of weakness and loneliness that grows with the passing of our youth. The Lord has a word of comfort for all who are in the aging process – and, of course, that means all of us without exception.
He is the same; He never changes. His love is the same; it never lessens. His sustaining grace is the same; it never weakens. Others may forget us, but the Lord will not. He promises that He will support and carry us.
No trial will overwhelm us. No waves of trouble will drown our hope. He will be with us through life. He will be there when we are dying to carry us over Jordan. He will never leave us, but will bring us safe to glory. Whatever your age or condition, rejoice that the Lord is with you. [Dr. Alan Cairns].
“The hoary head is a crown of glory if found in the way of righteousness. It is a fool’s cap if found in any other way.” [W.B. Knight].