Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:4-5 

"...help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Acts 20:35 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Matthew 5:3-6 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:7-10 

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:11-12 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:18-19 

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

John 5:39-40 

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17 

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:11 

"...whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Matthew 20:26-28 

"Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; 4even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save."

Isaiah 46:3-4 

Living a Confident Seniority (Is 46:3-4)

| Jul 28, 2018

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“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; 4even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” Isaiah 46:3-4

Once every month I gather with the seniors of our congregation. It is a time that I value very much and, as I can see in their faces, it is also a special time for them. We sing hymns, we share the Word of God and Ramona, the hostess, cooks some delicious delicacies for the group. But, from time to time, we remember some of our fallen comrades, the ones that are now with our Lord, and we are also aware of others that might not be with us in the near future. Last week we studied this same passage and it was of great comfort for their souls.

It couldn’t be different. Spurgeon summarized the teachings in this passage this way: “God himself is the same, whatever may be our age; and that God’s dealings towards us, both in providence and in grace, his carryings and his deliverings, are alike unchanged.” Here Spurgeon highlights how constant is God’s love for His people. He is the God of the saints of every age, from the womb to the tomb.

This is specially valuable for old age; it will make the difference between an old man who glorifies God and one that doesn’t and who is therefore confused despite being a believer.

The Bible shows that in old age man comes to say: “the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). And also tells us about Barzillai who did good to David and he wanted to reward him with a pleasant life. His answer was “I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?” (2 Samuel 19:35)

In old age the appetite diminishes, strength decays, and our dexterity is with us no more. What’s left is our fragility, loneliness, a feeling of abandonment, fear, and the wait of death. So even the best Christians end up calling these “the bad days.”

But God, he says, “I” who have held you, sustained and freed you, I will continue to hold you, sustain you, and free you until I receive you in my arms (Luke 23:26). So, the God of your youth is the God of your old age. Do you remember those glorious days? Those days where you were really useful in the service of the Kingdom? The God that gave you those strengths, is doing it now even if you do not perceive it and He expects you to honor Him until your very last day (John 21:19), showing gratitude.

And I want you to see, lastly, how emphatic is God in showing you that He is the one doing so. He could send His angels to do this for Him (Matthew 4:6), change evil into good (Genesis 50:20); but this is not what He says here: “I will… I will bear you. I’ve done it, and I will hold you; I will sustain you, and I will free you.

Live your life thankful for His presence and particular care for you so you can enjoy each day on this earth.

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Questions for Discussion:

  1. What happens in your heart every time you become one year older?
  2. How do you feel when you realize that your physical strength is decaying?
  3. How can considering the personal and immutable care and love of God for you change the way you see your old age?

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Hector Santana has served as pastor at Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Pacto (New Covenant Baptist Church) since 2002 in his native Dominican Republic. He was born in a Christian home but his greatest influence was his maternal grandmother. When he just a young boy, his grandmother took him with her to share the Word of God to very poor children. Hector received Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 17 at a youth camp. He has been married to Patricia since 1991 and they have three children: Jorge Daniel, Pamela Elisa and Hector Isaac.

Truth78 (formerly Children Desiring God) publishes curriculum, devotional books (most recently our Glorious God, Glorious Gospel resources), Scripture memory tools, and other resources designed to equip your home and church for leading children and youth to treasure God.

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