“Growing Older Gracefully” (Psalm 31:23) Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful…
Just the other day I was in a store and ran into an old “bestie” from junior high school which was almost 30 years ago! We smiled and greeted one another with a hug and my old friend exclaimed, “Wow, you still look so young and beautiful!” I exclaimed,“Amen… God has been GOODDD to me!” In other words I was sharing the truth that God really does preserve those who love and seek His righteousness first and that godly living holds back the ravages of time.
Something bitter and acrid can be seen and felt from across town and no makeup, weave, fly throwback jersey, or new suit can cover it up. When you run into old school friends what do they say when they see you? Is there a look of great admiration because of something they both see and sense concerning you? Or… do you see a silent and somewhat surprised look on their face in response to whatever it is they see when they look upon you? Better yet, would strangers liken you to a Naomi that denotes“pleasant” or a Mara that signifies “bitter?”
It appeared to Naomi that she had just lost it all in a foreign land. Her husband died in the famine, her 2 sons later died, and 1 daughter-in-law returned to her family. In her grief and despair she believed that the hand of the Lord had gone out against her and she became so bitter and sorrowful of heart that she changed her name from something sweet to something of utmost displeasure. Let’s understand that if the heart and soul are vexed signs will surely show in our outward appearance. The verbiage will seep out of our mouths. And over the years it will literally change our very countenance. So let’s double check to ensure that we’re growing older better and not bitter.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for blessing my life in such a way that I continue to grow older
better and not bitter by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, Amen.