DVO April 10, 2019

Title: Purposeful Aging

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NKJV) – “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them…’”

My husband recently stated that we were at the “top of the fourth quarter” in our life span. I asserted that we were merely at the end of the THIRD quarter!” This went back and forth until he wisely insisted that for a person who lives til they’re about eighty years of age, forty is their life’s midpoint, and we’re definitely well into the “fourth quarter—with one time out remaining!” Clearly, folks, I confess that I’ve been in denial!

Alternatively, perhaps I’d mused too long at the end of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12, focusing too negatively on the phrase, “before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.” Yet one can easily bypass the upside of growing older if one approaches the signposts of aging listed in Ecclesiastes 12:2-6 without a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It’s like the guy who said, “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with old age. Sometimes old age just shows up by itself!” (I’d add the twin blessings of godly joy and peace at the beginning of that quote). You see, saints, while the Spirit reveals some rather stark realities that will surely accompany one’s deeper entrance into life’s “fourth quarter,” (e.g., the “keepers of the house trembling,” grinders ceasing because they are few, etc…vv. 2-6), our Lord desires that we recognize our ongoing usefulness and increased capacity for delighting ourselves in Him as we draw closer to our “coronation day.”

We’re encouraged to feed on His faithfulness, enjoy continued fruitfulness for our Lord, and bask in the knowledge that we belong to Him, “even to [our] old age.” (Isaiah 46:4; Ps. 92:14) These verses declare that He shall be the same toward us as we grow older — that He shall bear us up! His track record of carrying us and delivering us never diminishes as our years increase. In most instances, growing older while walking hand-in-hand with the Savior is no slow miserable descent into atrophy and purposelessness for us who know and are known by Him! What a contrast between the child of God and those who received not the love of the truth. (2 Thess. 2:10(b).
Prayer: Blessed Abba, I praise You for the hope of all I can become through trusting in You, no matter how much of life is behind me. I praise You even more for repeatedly declaring to us in Your word how temporal this life is and the inestimable value of redeeming the time, and glorifying You each day that we’re given, no matter our age. Amen!

(by Denise Diggs)

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