Even in old age, they will still produce fruit…

Sarah bore Isaac when she was 90 years old! Moses led the Israelites out of bondage when he
was 80. God cared for them, carried them, and used them!

If you are nearing or are already in your golden years, don’t despair. You have much to offer to
those behind you. You are a living testament and a walking treasure chest of testimonies and

Perhaps you are reflecting on your life, taking an honest assessment of the ways you’ve
overcome challenges and examining your shortcomings. Remember all God has done!

Regardless of your past, your life experiences have become your life lessons that are producing
a life message for the next generation. You have great value and much to impart. Your purpose
is far greater than you may realize.

God has not forgotten you! He has a special place in His heart – just for you. Whatever your
present circumstances, His thoughts toward you are good and full of hope for your future.
Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that He has a plan and a purpose for you greater than any
temporary situation. He will fulfill His promises to you.

This season of life is not without concerns. Many carry personal burdens. What will happen to
loved ones? Are they prepared for their future?

Tom can relate. A successful small businessman nearing retirement, he is concerned about the
future of his company. His employees are like second family; many have been with him for
more than two decades. Challenging economic times have brought him to a crossroads,
wondering if the company will survive. Will it be there for future generations? It’s not about the
company; it’s about the people.

A mother prays for her wayward child. A grandfather watches as his grandchildren live without
regard for their future. These are real issues that sometimes separate family members. But
amid that pain and disappointment, there is hope. Relationships can be restored. A child can
turn his or her life around. A grandchild can find the way to turn the passion of their heart into
a path for their life.

God is concerned for your well-being and the well-being of your loved ones. But perhaps your
spouse or loved ones have passed and you’re dealing with challenges alone. Think on Isaiah
46:4, which says, “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.”

God is watching out for you. He promises to be your protector and defender. You can hold on
to His commitment to you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

If you are being mistreated, know that the Lord is looking out for you. He hears your cry and will
vindicate you. It breaks His heart when the vulnerable are taken advantage of or harmed. He
will bring justice to pass on your behalf.

Mary lives on a fixed income and carefully plans her monthly budget. Because of her advanced
years and health issues, she does not cook often. Thankfully, a local “meals on wheels” program
provides a hot meal for her each day. In fact, she used to volunteer for the program that now
helps her!

Since her husband of nearly 50 years passed, Mary has lived alone. But the small community
where she has lived most of her life serves as her extended family. Friends and neighbors check
on her. They are aging, too, and some are passing. She trusts in God, and He always provides
those to lend a helping hand. As she has cared for many through the years, others are now
coming to her aid in time of need.

Her story reminds me of a principle in the Old Testament. When the crops were ready for
harvest, God instructed the people to leave some behind for widows, orphans, and foreigners.
Throughout Scripture, we read of God’s intimate concern for widows (and widowers!) and all
who are vulnerable. His heart and principles have not changed. He has bound Himself to look
after and care for you. He won’t change His mind or turn His back on you.

In the midst of your challenges, God is good and faithful. I encourage you to turn your focus
from your circumstances to God. Trust Him to carry you through your current difficulty, to the
hope or dream yet to be fulfilled.

Psalm 92:14-15 says the righteous “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.’”

Caleb took a mountain in his later years; Elisabeth bore John the Baptist; God gave an older
Apostle John a vision to pass down to future generations that still speaks to us today; and so on
and so on….

I think of how one of my spiritual fathers, Dr. Ed Cole, began a ministry in his 60s that continues
to impact men and families across the globe. His years as a pastor prepared him to lay a
foundation upon which others continue to build and carry on to the next generation. God can
produce great fruitfulness in our latter years. They can be even more significant than our
former ones.

As I think about the future and where I am heading, I often reflect on the landmarks of my past.
God has brought me through every step of the journey; just as He has you. Even though I can’t
change my past or erase decisions I’ve made before, the decisions I make now, each day, give
clarity and definition to my future.  2 Corinthians 4:16 is a good reminder: “Therefore we do not
lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by
day.” Even in our human frailties, shortcomings, and mistakes, God demonstrates His love and
faithfulness. He never changes.

You can trust Him with your disappointments, concerns, hurts, fears, and pains of this life. God
has not forgotten you or His promises