The Blessing of Aging
Rev. Dr. Norman E. Curlee, Word Alive Church
Have you been out walking or at the gym and you see this energetic and graceful elderly person(s) engaging in physical fitness or just expressing joy and enthusiasm? It may have caused a smile to come to your face or just made you think of how much you look forward to having that kind of attitude and energy in your elderly years. Sad to say, this is not often the response in today’s society. Aging is often met with negative clichés, disrespectful jokes, and harsh language by impatient people.
The aged often live with a sense of guilt, shame and feeling that they are more of a burden than a blessing. This can be very discouraging to the aged in our society, especially if their aging experience has been met with various physical ailments, medical expenses, relational disharmony and financial challenges.
God has provided a wonderful perspective in His word for the aged. This perspective needs to become part of the fabric of our entire society.
God’s Word Declares:
Wisdom is with the aged men (women), and with length of days, understanding. (Job 12:12)
The silver haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness. (Proverbs 16:31)
The older men and women are to possess godly character and instruct the younger men and women in how to manage their lives and their families. (Titus 2:2-3)
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)
Children are to honor their parents and God promises to make things go well for them in life.
Aging is not a curse, but a blessing according to God’s Word. Psalm 91:16 declares, “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” The Bible also says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him (Psalm 92:13-15)