‘Even to your old age and gray hairs I will carry you’ (Isaiah 46:4)
What a sweet portion is this for the ageing disciples of the Lord Jesus: heart and flesh may fail them, but God will not forsake them. Having begun a good work in them, He will carry it on. His gifts and callings are without repentance. He will be as kind, as tender, and as gracious at last as at the first. He will carry us.
The eternal God is our refuge, underneath are the everlasting arms. He will carry us safely through every danger, over every difficulty, into His presence and glory. Ageing pilgrim, lean upon your God, look to Him; and as the nurse carries the feeding child, so will your God carry you.
He will prove Himself faithful to His word, and ultimately call you as a witness to the same. Fear not then in reference to the evening of old age: your God will supply all you need; He will support you; and at last land you safe where the storms of trouble never blow, where weakness and fears are never felt. “Take no anxious thought for tomorrow; let tomorrow take care for itself.”
The promise of your God will not fail you; He will guide you and carry you to His kingdom and glory. He says–
E’en down to old age, all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Nov. 19. Another birthday. I am this day forty-six years of age. What sins I have committed! What mercies I have received! What privileges I have enjoyed! Here I am to attest that God is good, that his word is true, that his service is pleasant, and that there is nothing hateful but sin.’