This entry is part 13 of 28 in the series Devotionals

It has been said that wrinkles indicate we’ve laughed, grey hair means we’ve cared, and scars mean we’ve lived. In this life, we are going to have afflictions. If our afflictions are for the good of others, and the glory of God, we will not be discouraged by them and our spirits will not sink under the weight of them. Cares of the world may attempt to overwhelm you, but don’t lose heart.

Outward circumstances of life can be mean and despicable. There may even be times when we find ourselves hungry, thirsty, and in want of even the common necessities of life. Many times our bodies are worn out with mental fatigue, labor, and physical pain. The old earth suit that we are wearing is unsteady and about to fall in pieces. But instead of giving out, we go on cheerfully, even more so. 

2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” Our outward man is perishing, but if we’re walking with the Lord, the inward man is renewed day by day. The new man inside of us is in a glorious condition! When our souls are in good health, God will lift us up and carry us all of our days of being old (Isaiah 63:9).

Growing old is normal. It is a natural part of living in this world and it comes with the aging process. Growing old should ordinarily be accompanied by increased wisdom and experience. Job 32:9, however, says, “The aged aren’t always wise…”

Young saints, don’t just live for the moment. Before you know it, the days of your youth will be gone. Praise the Lord for as long as you live, while you have your being. (Psalm 146:2). One day, “…we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Don’t be deceived by the enemy, young people. “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future” (Prov. 19:20). The more diligence you give God’s Word now, the more you will make your future happiness sure.

Every person, saved or unsaved will leave behind a legacy. What kind of legacy will you leave your children? What will they say about you and how you lived your life before them? Wouldn’t it be nice if they said, “My mom or dad was just like a palm tree. The more weight hung on them, the more they thrived, to the glory of God?” Bear fruit now and in your old age

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