The granddaughters came over to visit the other day while I was working out on my Total Gym. Haley, who is 6, asked, “Papaw why don’t you just do pushups?” Her older sister Avery who is 8 spoke up and answered for me, “He’s too old to do pushups.” I thought it was pretty funny. The truth is, I am getting older and pushups do aggravate one of my shoulders and put a strain on my lower back. It’s true, I am slowing down. I try to stay in shape but physically, I just can’t do the things I used to do. When I think about growing older I am reminded of what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 17.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
I find that verse very comforting. Even though my body may be getting weaker, the Lord can cause my spirit to grow stronger and stronger every day. What a great promise we have from the Lord. No matter what our age or physical condition, we can trust God to help us and strengthen us. We can trust God to empower us and equip us to do the things that He has called us to do. Paul said it like this in Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6
That’s a good promise from the Lord. He’s given us a lot of good promises. Not only will He complete the work He starts in us, not only will He help us to do the work He has called us to do, but He will leave us nor forsake us. I love those promises. I especially love the promise of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” That’s a good promise from the Lord. I hope you have claimed that promise for yourself.