Last month I observed my birthday and I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m now in my 65th year. Yes, I have just turned 64. Another year and it will be “cash for life.” I can’t believe that the time has gone by so quickly.I remember when I was a child; it seemed to take forever to grow older, but now the older I get, the more quick;y the time has passed. Time has just whirled on by.
Take for example summertime. Do you remember that as a child summer seemed to last forever? Now it seems as though you blink your eye, and it’s over. It certainly is true that time stops for no one. We may find this discouraging, and wish that there was some way to slow things down, even just a little bit.
This, however, is something we cannot do, so the only option available to us is to find some way to live our lives that keeps us from falling apart. From my experience the only way to do this is to put our trust in God.
I use a daily devotional entitled “Seeking God’s Face — Praying with the Bible Through the Year” (Baker Books). It is set up so you pray as you read Scripture. The prayer for August 19, ’15, is as follows: “Faithful God, this life is filled with more than enough trouble and tears to dominate my vision and distract me from seeing You. When captured by anxiety, I turn defensive and hostile, of no use to You or others. Take the blinders of fear away and turn my eyes to heaven to see You and be confident of Your goodness, so that once again I can serve You here on earth.” (Page 609, adapted from the Heidelberg Catechism, 52)
Time stops for no one and life is filled with worry, anxiety and sorrow. The only way to handle life’s troubles is to give everything over to God. Jesus has told us: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, English Standard Version)
We may look at the world and see nothing but rot, greed and corruption, but God has a different viewpoint. In Christ we see One who is the Victor over the world. He has conquered sin, and even more importantly, He has conquered death.
Jesus was a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3 tells us: “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (ESV) It may seem a bit odd, but Jesus came to be rejected, so that we could find acceptance by the Father. He took our place, He bore our sins; He was rejected by His Father, all so we may be received into the Kingdom of Heaven when we believe in Jesus as Saviour, Lord and God.
What does all this have to do with getting older? Just this — God has a plan for my life and part of that plan is preparing me for that day when I will see Him face to face. Trails and tribulations are part of that plan — these things are tools that the Lord uses to shape me, mould me and create in me a clean heart; one that is ready to serve the Master.
I may getting older, but there is one thing that will never grow old — that is my love for my Lord and Saviour. Praise be to the Lord God Almighty!