Yesterday, I mentioned the “phone call” Hezekiah made to the Lord; all right, it wasn’t an actual “phone call”. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed and asked God for answers. “Hello, God…are You there?” He reminded the Lord of his faithfulness and his devoted heart towards what was good (Isaiah 38:2–3). Have you ever asked God in prayer for a healing, then started the conversation with the words in verse 3? “…REMEMBER [earnestly] now, O Lord…” I never had, until I read and mediated on this verse during my wife”s bout with cancer. It sure brought the results to Hezekiah’s dilemma and Dianne too!
Isaiah 38:4-5 response, “Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father; I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add to your life fifteen years.”
I have learned an important lesson through my years of discovery; how valuable faithfulness in prayer and dependence on God’s Word is. When heart disease is diagnosed and cancer is diagnosed, your choice of words can determine the outcome. Dianne and I planted word-seed in our spirit by saying, “There is no disease in my body. It might visit, BUT it can’t stay!”
Are you getting tired of turning over stones in the Old Testament looking for hidden truths: Is “Old Age” really “Good”? Okay, go with me now to the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 11:23-21. I like to call these next verses “The Perils of Paul“. Through all of Paul’s physical endangerment and discouragements, Paul made a choice to live. Philippians 1:21-25 says, “For me [Paul] to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]. If, however, it is to be life in the flesh and I am to live on here, that means fruitful service for me; so I can say nothing as to my personal preference.” In verses 22-23, Paul is having to make a choice and it is a difficult choice. Paul says what his choice is and why he chose it.
Verse 24-25, “BUT to remain in my body is more needful and essential for your sake. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and stay by you all, to promote your progress and joy in believing.”
There is a reason for saying to others, “Old Age is Good!” How old was Paul when he made this choice? I don’t really know and to me it really doesn’t matter. I do know that I am 69 years young and God has a plan for me. Christ is living in me and through me for a reason.
Turn again to the Old Testament, to Psalm 91:1-16 and look at the covenant requirement for a long life. Go ahead and read those verses to yourself… I’ll wait for you.
#1 Requirement is in verse 2, “I will say of the Lord…” What you don’t say, you won’t see. So say it early! Don’t wait till something happens.
#2 Requirement is in verse 1, “He who dwells in the secret place…” Learning the secrets; getting revelation on taking care of yourself; causing you to act or be a “doer” of the word. Causing you to live a long life. JESUS tells all of us, regardless of our age this in John 10:10, “…I came that they (that’s us) may have and enjoy life…” Jesus made no reference to an age requirement of receiving “having” and “enjoying life”.
#3 Requirement is in verse 15-16, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” That requirement is pretty self-explanatory! God says He will satisfy us “with long life”. If He says I will be “satisfied in old age”, then I believe it.
Lets start putting all the clues we have found together and proove to ourselves that “Getting Older” isn’t “the Pits!” Turn to Mark 11. Have you ever heard or made this statement before? I sure have in my growing up. “Just saying it doesn’t make it so“. That is what the world says, but what does God say?
Mark 11:23, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” Jesus says, ‘You will have what you say’ , IF…’you don’t doubt it’. “Longevity” is a covenant [promise] of “a long life”.
What then,are your conclusions about the issue, “Old Age is Good”? Can you make a choice between what the world says about mortalityin old age and what God’s plan is for your life? I choose life and if the Lord should tarry in His returning, I say…”I am going to live to the ripe old age of 120!” Why 120? Because that was the norm of the faithful in the wilderness during Moses leading.
Lets end this investigation, by reviewing God’s clues, His truth, and His wisdom pertaining to “Old Age is Good!”
CLUE #1. Long life is established in the Word of God. It will give you wisdom and revelation in the “secret place”.
CLUE #2. Don’t let your mouth agree with the doubters!
CLUE #3. Practice “I will say…”
There is a difference between information and understanding. The world can give you a lot of information about living a “long life in good health” with statistics and studies. BUT “live long; live strong” comes from the Word of God. It must become a part of your vocabulary. “No disease in my body. It might visit, but it can’t stay! Say it and believe it!!