The former president of Columbia Bible College in South Carolina, J. Robertson McQuilkin, pointed out that God has a wise purpose in letting us grow old and weak:
McQuilkin says, “I think God has planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary so we’ll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty which is forever. And so we’ll be eager to leave the temporary, deteriorating part of us and be truly homesick for our eternal home. If we stayed young and strong and beautiful, we might never want to leave.”
When we’re young and caught up in the busyness of life we don’t often think about heaven. But as time passes we find our circle of friends diminishing. Family members and loved ones pass on and the day comes when most of the people we really care about are already in heaven. As our bodies wear out we begin to think more and more about that day when all our aches and pains will be gone.
The apostle Paul in I Timothy 6:17 reminds us that “God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” at every season of life. As the Psalmist says, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken” Even as winter approaches we can rejoice that someday soon we’ll be living in a land of eternal spring.
As the hymn writer puts it:
There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way,
To prepare us a dwelling-place there.
Have a great week!
Vacation Bible School – Sunday, June 11 – Thursday, June 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
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