4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
Seems like the perfect day to address this subject. The man described in this Biblical passage sounds like me, old and gray. Although I have often said I don’t feel my age, today I do. My health has suffered a setback, and I am trusting God that this malady is brief and not the beginning of something severe.
I don’t write The Forever Notebook to sell books or make money. These are my meditations on God’s word. I offer it on a daily blog at www.richardweirich.com and then compile the entries into books. It is my prayer that these devotions will fall into the hands of those who will benefit from them. If you grow tired of my personal stories, I apologize. But personal testimonials are the only way I know to communicate that God is real and His word is absolutely reliable.
There is much to be learned from looking back, taking inventory of God’s blessings, and looking for His footprints in the sands of our lives. God doesn’t just help us once or twice and then move on or cease to care about our troubles. Those past blessings remind us that — He did it before and He will do it again. The Lord’s love never falters and lasts forever.
Even in our golden years He promises to continue to work in our behalf. As we see in our focus text, God knows us better than anyone and is intimately aware of our every need. “I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (v4)
There are four important points here to remember:
(1) God made you
The creator of anything has intimate knowledge of the creation. He understands what went into it, and how and why it works. He has a vested interest and a concern that others could never have. God’s children are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) We are the result of divine craftsmanship, made in His image.
(2) God will carry you
When the difficulties of life overcome you and you can no longer stand, God carries you. That’s true at any stage of life, but it’s especially good to know in our winter years.
If you’re a parent, you know how your heart breaks when you see your child suffering. You will do anything to help get them well. I recall an incident involving my granddaughter when she was a baby. She cried and cried from pain caused by colic, and nobody could do anything to help. I picked her up and held her in my arms and then paced up and down the hallway until her tears finally subsided and she fell asleep.
In your pain, God picks you up and carries you until you can get back on your feet. And if your body can no longer take the stress, He carries you on to your heavenly home and heals you completely for all eternity.
(3) God will sustain you
He is our strength and our life support system. He empowers the engine when there’s no fuel in the tank.
(4) God will rescue you
Help is on the way. You won’t stay in your painful predicament forever. God will either deliver you and restore you to live longer on this earth, or He will take you to your eternal home.
In verse 5, we’re reminded that God’s help is incomparable. “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?” There’s nobody and no thing that can compare to our God. His love, compassion, mercy, grace, provision, protection, and healing power is unparalleled. And it’s available to all who love Him.
For those of us who have reached our golden years, God provides Incomparable Senior Care. His help is only a prayer away.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.