Psalm 91:16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.
The final months of my grandfather’s were spent in a hospital bed. He used to laugh and joke, full of energy and spirit despite Parkinson’s disease. Then he fell, hit his head, and never recovered. IV needles and tubes going in and out of his body, masks covering his face. He no longer comprehended or knew what was happening, unable to recognise the face of his beloved wife of more than fifty years. I was in disbelief, this was not the grandfather I cherished. A shadow of the man he once was.
Perhaps you have a loved one living like this. Or loved someone who died like this.
And perhaps you wonder, is this my fate? Will old age cripple and humiliate me? If old age is so devastating, I don’t want long life.
Let me give you a Biblical picture of old age.
Moses climbed a mountain when he was one hundred and twenty. At eighty-five, Caleb led an army to capture the promised land. Abraham had a baby when he was one hundred. A baby! These guys did not slow down. They did not accept sickness or suffering as part of old age. They were flourishing, conquering, and living life to the full.
Isaiah 65:20 No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young!
God’s plan is long, abundant life. A vegetative state is not life. Suffering in pain is not life. Long life is a reward and blessing, not a curse. Longevity is a reward where you will grow, thrive, and pursue dreams. Stay active in mind and body. Pray in the spirit – it is strength to your being. There are exciting times ahead. Many years of fullness, joy, and love. Embrace the promise and blessing of long life.