I’ve got a friend who for years has told me that he wasn’t impressed with old age. I always laughed because fortunately he is a few years older than I am. But now that I’m 51, and my old injuries are now continually aggravating me I too am not impressed with middle age. One certainty in life is that the more we age our bodies will begin to break down. Our joints don’t work as well and when we guys go out a play basketball like we did in our 30’s, we quickly learn that we aren’t thirty any longer. We also develop a new friendship with my old buddy, Ben Gay.
The apostle Paul writes in 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed Day by Day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but the the things that are unseen are eternal.
Paul, isn’t telling us to lose hope because of our flesh that is changing. The more we mature in the faith we aren’t to get discouraged but encouraged as we age because it simply reminds us that the flesh we have is just a temporary home.
The trials that we face are also temporary. Believe me when I say that at it,es it certainly doesn’t feel temporary. In fact, it can feel like the end of the world. But rather focus on the problem that we face can we instead set our sight on the one who is the problem solver.
We can do so by looking upon the goodness of God. When we make the choice to do so we can find joy in our hearts as we remember what God has done and what he is doing in the midst of our trials. The things that we endure now are just preparing us if we’re faithful for an eternity that I don’t believe we can even imagine and touch in its reality.
As we focus on God’s goodness, his grace, and mercy in faith even though we may be getting older our inner spiritual man is being made stronger and stronger.
So today, set your sight not on today’s problems but squarely centered on the good news of God and the sacrifice of Christ; who through his death and resurrection gave us a chance if we accept it to receive eternal life.
Remember that Brenda and I love you and that God does too.