Daily D – Isaiah 46:4
I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and rescue you.
ISAIAH 46:4 (CSB)
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.
(New International Version)
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you.
(New Living Translation)
Khasie has cut my hair for well over a decade. For a long time, she had magic scissors. They trimmed away the streaks of gray. Sadly, she apparently lost that precious tool. However, she says I have amazing highlights now. So I’ve got that going for me.
Recent articles have pointed out two truths about gray hair. One truth is that it is caused by stress. A complementary truth is that it is related to diet. Therefore, if you do not want gray hair, take care to eat only the few miserable items on the Ungray Diet and avoid stress of all kinds.
I could not shave for two weeks after surgery. This led to a rather full beard. There is no gray in that facial hair. Instead, there is Black and White. Technically, it is gray, I suppose. Either way, there is good news in today’s text for people like me. God is our Father in heaven who takes care of us from the womb to the tomb, from the cradle to the grave. We have his word on it.
Gray hair is not a concern for him. His diet is perfect and he never gets stressed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We grow weak and frail. Our eyesight loses its sharpness. Our hearing becomes more selective. Our muscles bear less and fatigue faster.
What does God say about the inevitable changes of our aging?
- I made you.
- I will care for you.
- I will carry you.
- I will save you.
You might notice that all of the burden is on him. All of this blessing is ours.
- I am not a self-made man.
- I am never out of his care.
- When I cannot carry on, he carries me.
- When I cannot save myself, he rescues me.
Gray hair and gray beards are reminders that I belong to God and that he takes better care of me than I would take care of myself. Beyond my every ability, he is more able. He made me to live a full and meaningful life now. He made me to live with him forever.
Pity those poor souls who do not understand the beauty of gray hair and the blessing of growing old. Along with a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21), there is also coming a new body that is incorruptible and immortal (1 Corinthians 15:54). Death will lose. Life will win. We will share the victory with Jesus forever (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
Our Father, you made me. You take care of me. You carry me. You save me. I delight in belonging to you. I am never out of your care. I am never on my own. I am never beyond your reach. I am never abandoned to destruction. Aging enhances my appreciation of who you are and what you have planned. Receive my praise. Accept my thanksgiving. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.