November 17, 2010

Grow Old Together

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 17, 2010

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

There is a relational richness that comes from growing old together. It may be parents, a spouse, children, siblings, friends, church acquaintances or a work associate. They all contribute to a caring community. Regardless of the source of relational fulfillment, it brings to life the Lord’s creative design of intentionality in doing life together.

We are not created by our heavenly Father to be isolated and insecure. His plan is for us is to engage with each other in meaningful conversations, patient prayer, loving service and relaxing recreation. Families and friends who grow old together are able to work through conflict, overcome obstacles, serve unselfishly and celebrate God’s faithfulness.

“I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1b).

Perhaps you and your spouse pray for three other couples with whom you can invest intentional time in fun, fellowship and going deeper with the Lord. They are in a similar season of life as you, so you are able to walk together with empathetic understanding and genuine prayer support. Consider a monthly dinner with games, a Bible study or annual trips together. It’s important to grow old with those with whom you enjoy each other’s company.

Above all else, grow old with God. The Lord longs to be there for you in the ups and downs of life. His strength sustains you, His compassion carries you and His righteousness rescues you. Everyday with Jesus grows sweeter than the day before for the Christian who grows old with grace. God does not give up on you and neither should you.

“The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness” (1 Samuel 26:23a).

Enjoy the Lord’s ever growing influence in your life. Each season of service for your Savior is meant to draw you into more intense intimacy and love. Understanding and accepting Christ’s unconditional acceptance and love gives you peace and security to relax in His righteous arms. His aging process gives you permission to be yourself. Relational richness comes from growing old with Christ and with His trusted friends.

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends” (Philippians 4:1)!

Am I intentional in growing old well with the Lord, friends and family?

Related Readings: Psalm 92:14; Ecclesiastes 4:12; Acts 2:46; 3 John 1:14

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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