The Bible’s Top Five Passages about Aging

Here are my TOP FIVE passages in the Bible on getting older. If you’re a pastor, they would make a great five-Sunday series (and if you throw in Ecclesiastes 12, it’d be a cool half-dozen sermons).

  • Deuteronomy 33:25: As your days, so shall your strength be.
  • Isaiah 46:4: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
  • Psalm 71:17: Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
  • Psalm 92:12-15: The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him”

This coming Sunday, I’m planning to preach from that last passage (“The Older We Get…”) at The Donelson Fellowship. When I came to TDF I was 28. Now I’m 15 months from being 60. I can’t recall where the years went; but I’m taking the Biblical approach to aging and staying positive. Hope you can join us at 8:45 or 10:15 for a study of Psalm 92.

2 thoughts on “The Bible’s Top Five Passages about Aging

  1. I have served in the church for over 40 years. Now it seems my old age is held against me. I see all the young leadership around me that so often lacks wisdom and common Biblical sense. I have been a missionary overseas and served in every position of the church from preaching to nursery,
    elder to church treasurer. Now it’s like, let us young people take over and just leave us along. The wisdom of age has no value. I still fellowship with friends and mentor a few younger guys. My pastor says he values me. The Lord directed me to ask my pastor 3 times to have me as a pastor, unpaid, to help him. He said no each time. You will probably take the pastors side in this matter but I still hope someone will see my side.

  2. Move on and find other ways to serve. Otherwise life might turn to misery and bitterness. Avail youself to give advice when needed. But if you are still strong and able, start a ministry. Let God lead you to be creative.

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