“The Best Days Are Ahead”
“They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green”. (Psalm 92:14 NIV)
As the years go by faster and faster, we come to know how quickly time is going by. I know there are many from my “Baby Boom” generation that realize there are more years behind us than are ahead of us… but that’s still good news. As we grow older, our hunger and thirst for Christ grows stronger and our zeal and desire for the things of God also grows stronger. God is still working in us and we are still effective and useful in the hands of our King in proclaiming the Gospel, defeating evil, being lights in a dark world and having a testimony of the faithfulness and grace of God that no one can ever take away!
The heart of Caleb should exist in all of us as he proclaimed at age 85, “I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this mountain…” (Joshua 14:11-12 NIV) Age is never a predictor of the heart. The body can grow older as the heart grows stronger!
Caleb’s heart is reflected in Psalm 92 as the Psalmist cries out (speaking of the righteous), “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” (vs. 14 NIV) I love that… “fresh and green”. Freshness means a newness and vitality, not worn or faded, free from being tainted and not altered by processing. Green means nourishment and to provide sustenance, tender and new, flowing with life giving provision through the vine that is connected to the root… not deterred by the aging process!
If ever the world needed the wisdom, discernment, testimony, stability, integrity, and spiritual backbone of an older and experienced generation in Christ… it is now! And that’s you, and that’s me! God is not done yet… and in many ways, He’s just beginning!
“Since my youth God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me my God till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:17-18 NIV)