Dealing With Getting Older – Birthday Bible Verse

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I just celebrated my 30th birthday. And I’m honestly not upset about getting older; I feel more surprised than anything. But I do feel old when talking to younger generations when they have no idea what I am talking about as I reference certain movies I watched as a kid (like Parent Trap!).

Why is it that we don’t want to get older? Why do so many of us feel the need to pretend we are years younger than we actually are?

Every time I think of writing a birthday message to a fellow believer, I think of this verse from 2 Corinthians 4:16

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

And I always want to write it down but then I wonder what the birthday girl/boy will think. Are they going to be offended by the words “wasting away?” I mean I am not trying to insult anyone by saying that their body is “wasting away” and looking older, so I usually decide to not write this verse down thinking that I would just have to explain myself.

But now I’m thinking how silly that is. This Bible verse can be incredibly encouraging! Yes our bodies are wasting away! It is not offensive. It’s the truth! From the Bible! And it’s a result of sin in the world. It doesn’t have to be a sad thing.

Yes, our bodies are wasting away. My husband and I marvel at how flexible, smooth, resilient, and new looking our young kids are. We joke that they have “fresh eyes” because the sclera (the white part) of the eye is so white and not yet yellow or reddish in appearance.

As we get older we find spots on our skin, wrinkles, gray hair, saggy skin, and painful body parts. It hurts more to do simple tasks as we get older. I know I am only 30 but I can already see the truth in this, and I’ve been graying since I was 13 so I very much have lived out that annoyance. We slowly feel our body wearing out, day by day. It reminds me of this picture I saw on Facebook:

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Of course I’m not suggesting to tell others examples of how they are wasting away, obviously that would just be rude. But there’s no reason to act like we aren’t getting older because it is part of God’s plan for us to. (But thankfully in Christ we will get new resurrected bodies!) We need to accept this truth and focus on the beauty of this verse:

“…our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

That’s beautiful! Our inner self is being renewed every single day. Our inner self is not wasting away, getting worse with age. Our inner self is growing in Christ, growing better with age.

I see 4 encouraging truths from Scripture about getting old:

1. We Become Wise Through Old Age

There is no doubt about this. Not only is it in the Bible (Job 12:12; Job 32:7;) but it’s self-explanatory (although of course there are exceptions). As time goes on, we experience more. We learn from our struggles and pain, not only about ourselves but about God! AND THE OLDER WE GET, THE MORE WE HAVE BACK TO LOOK ON TO SEE HOW FAITHFUL GOD REALLY IS. We learn we don’t have to get upset over the little things because they just don’t matter in the long run.

We all want to be wise. But our wisdom is not given to us to just benefit ourselves. We’re called to go out and teach younger generations (Titus 2). This includes family but also within the body of Christ. I personally have been so blessed by multiple older women who poured their time into me, teaching me Scripture and walking through life with me. They taught me how to be a disciple of Jesus, how to honor God in certain situations, how to work through my emotional struggles, etc. They used their wisdom from old age for God’s glory and we each grew inwardly day by day. As we each get older, we can follow this same example.

2. We Become More Like Christ As We Age

As we grow in Christ, we grow more spiritually mature. We live less like our old selves that were crucified with Christ and more like our new nature. God has promised to conform us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29) so that is a great benefit to getting older.

Romans 8:29 “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

2 Corinthians 3:18  “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

3. We Have More Knowledge of the Bible

The more days we live, the more opportunities we have to read God’s word . More days of reading means more years of words stored up in our heart. We have heard more sermons and heard more truth. Again, age does not always equal wisdom but it is true for a believer who is faithfully studying God’s Word. We should never be okay with learning elementary level answers to questions if we have known the Lord for years.

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14).

We really need to remember reading the Bible is a blessing and not a burden. So many people around the world do not have access to a Bible either because of finances, their language, or due to illiteracy.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3).

4. We Find The World Less Appealing

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8.

I can’t wait for this to happen more and more. As we grow older we know that life is more than having the newest gadget, having lots of money, being liked by everyone, etc. We’ll grow to want more of Him and less of the sinful, temporary, broken world. As we age we see more corruption, more sin, and more of God’s goodness over it all. I pray with each passing day we love God more than we did the previous day.

 

Most people groan about getting older but let’s set an example as the Body of Christ. Let’s show that while we don’t particularly enjoy the aches and pains, illnesses, and trials that have come, we do enjoy the life we’ve lived in Christ and the God who continues to let us breathe another breath. And just as we can sort of aid in our aging process by taking care of our bodies through good diet and exercise, we can help our inner self be renewed better the more we read, pray, sing, and spend time with other believers. “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Each day is a blessing and given to us for His purpose to do His good works that He prepared for us beforehand (Ephesians 2:10). So then let us make “the best use of time, because the days are evil” as Ephesians 5:15-17 says. I pray we would not groan at turning another year old but be thankful for another day. And let us never presume we have another day coming, as James writes:

 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-16).

More Verses to reflect on: Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 73:26

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