3 Comforting Verses About Getting Older

Posted on May 3, 2022

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By David Ettinger

Aging Issues
Over the past few months, I have known several people who have experienced aging issues.

Some have died and some are still living, but the commonality concerning these aging issues is the decay on the mind. I accept that the body declines, but it’s the mental deterioration that disturbs me.

I also know several people in their 80s and 90s who are mentally sound – and how envious I am! Should I live to that age, I hope my mental faculties are similarly strong.

Though I shouldn’t obsess over such thoughts yet (I’m 64), I can’t help thinking and even worrying about them. However, this flies in the face of Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything …”

Therefore, in light of this powerful admonition, let’s focus on what God says about aging. Here are 3 comforting verses to boost your spirits!

Isaiah 46:4
“Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will carry you! I have done it, and I will bear you; and I will carry you and I will save you.”

This is God’s proclamation of comfort and assurance to all who fret over aging. The truths are soaring:

1. God promises that though you are aging and decaying, He never will! The God you placed your faith in so long ago – when you were strong and vibrant – is the same powerful God you are clinging to in your declining years.

2. Though you may not be strong enough to “carry” yourself – physically, mentally, or emotionally – God certainly is! He is the One who will look after your life while still in the flesh, and the one who will allow you to keep functioning.

3. And no matter how bad your physical or mental capacities decline, remember that your soul is as secure as ever! God will save you! That is, He will save your soul. Though your body ever nears its end, your soul is alive and well!

2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day.”

Though your “outer person” is decaying, you can rejoice knowing the Holy Spirit is always at work refreshing and regenerating the core of who we are – a redeemed child of Christ created anew in the blood of your glorious Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

Though your body fails, your spirit succeeds! God lifts it daily that you may increasingly become more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Lord sends you daily supplies of spiritual power that you may serve, honor, and worship Him.

He nourishes you for the work He wants you to do in accordance with your physical capabilities!

Philippians 1:6
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.”

This verse is a continuation of the one above. Whereas 2 Corinthians 4:16 concerns God’s consistent work in you during this life, Philippians 1:6 carries this work through to eternal life. In is during this life that God “began a good work” in you. That work is salvation, and it is eternal. The decaying and eventual destruction of your body cannot touch your salvation.

However, your salvation is not “complete.” It is complete regarding your soul, but not your body – the new body you will receive at Christ’s return to Earth (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18).

In other words, what you are now – even at your strongest and best – cannot measure up to the glory that awaits you. You are incomplete. Your immortal, perfect body awaits you, and when that body is joined to your spirit, then your salvation will be complete!

Take Heart!
So yes, we are all aging – many of us more than others! But take heart, God has given us these 3 encouraging verses (and more) to assure us He is still with us, always strengthening us spiritually, and will carry us to our “complete” and glorious salvation!

David Ettinger is a writer/editor at Zion’s Hope, Inc., and has written for Zion’s Fire magazine since its inception in 1990.

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