BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
What The Bible Has To Say
J. Steven Lang
-- Who wants to grow old? Comedian George Burns, who lived past one hundred,
quipped, "It's better than the alternative." But is it? For the Christian, the
alternative to living on in this world is -- heaven. God's Word has a lot to say
about heaven, but also a lot to say about aging. We can be thankful that the Lord
has a more gracious attitude toward aging than our youth-obsessed society does.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience
is the splendor of the old.
What an unfashionable idea! Gray
hair as a "crown of glory," a sign of "experience." The Almighty's values are
a far cry from our own. Instead of being "disposable seniors," the elderly are
promised God's continuing concern.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime
-- until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will
carry you along and save you.
Grandchildren are the crowning
glory of the aged.
Show your fear of God by standing up in
the presence of elderly people and showing respect for the aged. I am the LORD
The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong
like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the LORD 's own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce
fruit; they will remain vital and green.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.