Natural logic says that we get weaker with each advancing year.
Getting stronger is not generally something associated with getting older. Sure, you would expect a twenty five year old to be stronger than that person was as a five year old, but how about when they’re fifty? Or seventy five? Or one hundred? The very suggestion sounds absurd to natural logic. Natural logic says that we get weaker with each advancing year and yet in Deuteronomy 33:25 God declares, “Your strength will equal your days” (New International Version). There are some who will dismiss a promise like this, much like they will dismiss most of the other promises in the Bible. It is concerning people like this that Jesus spoke in Matthew 13:15 when He said, “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart“. There is however, another group of people who are more ready to accept God’s promises, but may need a bit of help with this one.
God is no respecter of persons.
One objection that could be raised, is that this was a promise given directly to the descendants of Asher, who was the father of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. However Acts 10:34 tells us that God is no respecter of persons, if the descendants of Asher could expect their strength to equal their days, then we have every right to expect the same. Furthermore, Galatians 3:29 in the International Children’s Bible states, “You belong to Christ. So you are Abraham’s descendants. You get all of God’s blessings because of the promise that God made to Abraham“. Every single one of the promises of blessing that were made to Abraham or to his descendants – of whom Asher is one – are ours by covenant right. There are many promises in the Old Testament waiting to be found and claimed, if you will take the time to look for them and then have the faith to believe that they apply to you, as much as to the original recipient of the promise.
Moses set the example that we can be aiming for and believing for.
So are there any examples in the Bible of people who had the strength of youth in old age? Well for starters there’s Joshua, who in Joshua 14:10-11 in the Good News Translation said, “But now, look. It has been forty-five years since the Lord said that to Moses. That was when Israel was going through the desert, and the Lord, as he promised, has kept me alive ever since. Look at me! I am eighty-five years old and am just as strong today as I was when Moses sent me out. I am still strong enough for war or for anything else“. Then there’s the man that Joshua succeeded – Moses. Deuteronomy 34:7 in the New Living Translation says of Moses, “Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever“. Moses set the example that we can be aiming for and believing for, if we will just have faith for it – to live until 120 years, with no weakening of our physical body. Genesis 6:3 in the Common English Bible quotes God as saying, “My breath will not remain in humans forever, because they are flesh. They will live one hundred twenty years“. This post is not a study on length of life, so I will not stay on this point – but the promise is there if you will accept it.
None of these promises have a maximum age.
Here are just a few of the many promises of strength, that God has given for us and none of these promises have a maximum age – they are for your entire life.
- “He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s“. Psalm 103:5, New Living Translation
- “They will still give fruit when they are old. They will be full of life and strength“. Psalm 92:14, New Life Version
- “But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired“. Isaiah 40:31, Easy to Read Version
Let me give you one more example of someone who did not decline with age: Jacob. In Genesis 43:27 from The Message translation, Joseph asked his brothers, “Your old father whom you mentioned to me, how is he? Is he still alive?“. Joseph’s brothers replied in verse 28, “Yes—your servant our father is quite well, very much alive“.
Being miserable and / or negative will not result in you maintaining your strength.
The way to receive, and live in, this strength that God has promised us, is to believe the promises of God in our hearts and confess them with our mouths. If you want to live in the vitality of youth, then confess daily, “My youth is renewed like the eagle’s“. It’s never too late to start doing this, neither is it too early – don’t wait until you need your youth renewed to begin making the confession. Nehemiah 8:10 reveals a part that we can play in this process, besides believing and confessing. It states that, “The joy of the Lord is your strength“. Being miserable and / or negative will not result in you maintaining your strength. But if you allow the joy of the Lord to fill your heart you will remain strong and the more joy you have, the more strength you will have.
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