Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
The U.S. Census Bureau has declared the year 2020 as the beginning of the age of the elderly. The 65 and older segment of our population will increase from one in eight Americans today to one in six by that date and one in five by 2050.
By the beginning of this new era, the nation’s elderly will total 53.3 million–a 63 percent increase over the current elderly population of 33 million. It would appear that the United States is destined to become a nation of the aged.
Yet the very thought of old age strikes fear in the hearts of many people?perhaps with good reason. Old age brings with it health concerns as the body deteriorates, financial concerns with the onset of retirement and even social concerns as friends and relatives die. Just the thought of such dramatic changes is a terrifying prospect to some.
In the midst of all this, however, God promises that He will never change. Even though you experience many changes as you grow older, He will stay the same. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
Just as He saw you through the crises of youth and middle age, so He will see you through all the challenges of growing old. When your strength fails, just remember that He promises to carry you. When you feel trapped inside an aging body, remember that He who sustains you today will continue to bear you throughout all your days.
THE GOD OF THE AGES IS ALSO THE GOD OF THE AGED.