25 Bible Quotes About Aging With Honor
By the middle of the century, according to the Pew Research Center Report (2014) on Attitudes about Aging, the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion. “The result will be a much older world.”
While governments and health agencies are debating economic and health care options, we, the oldies, can help the situation by trying to maintain our physical and mental health. The belief that we deserve to age with honor will influence the preparation we make, the attitudes we adopt, and the outcome of being “merry” versus “miserable” old souls.
"We deserve to age with honor."
The following Bible quotes from the New Living Translation aim to raise our perspective to the prospect of aging with appreciation for the life we have, and with the honor we deserve. Before the quotes, there is a reminder of some moral assets which although they do not substitute for physical care, they facilitate purposeful productive longevity.
Five Moral Assets to Longevity
i. Respect for God. [Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life.-Proverbs 10:27]
ii. Respect for Parents. [If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.-Ephesians 6:3]
iii. Wisdom. [Wisdom will ...add years to your life.-Proverbs 9:11]
iv. Honesty. [Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!- Psalm 34:12]
v. Humility. [True humility ...leads to riches, honor, and long life.-Proverbs 22:4]
Social and Spiritual Perks
--raising our expectations to the enjoyment of the respect, wisdom and spiritual growth which usually come with age.
"Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged."
- Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:32)
- Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old. (Job 12:12)
- Even in old age they [the godly] will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14)
- Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged. (Proverbs 17:6)
- The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. (Proverbs 20:29)
- When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. (Ecclesiastes 11: 8)
- I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. ( Isaiah 46:4)
- “In the last days,’ God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people… and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
- Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. (1 Timothy 5:1)
- Treat older women as you would your mother. (1 Timothy 5:2).
Testimonies and Prayers
--boosting our faith and confidence in God who remains with us and helps us to complete our purpose.
- And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” (Genesis 21: 6, 7)
- Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! (Joshua 23:14)
- Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25)
- Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. (Psalm 71:18)
- As for me [Paul], my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (2 Timothy 4: 6, 7)
Apostle Paul: "I have remained faithful."
Some Who Aged Honorably
--helping us embrace the blessed inevitable end of aging.
- Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. (Genesis 24:1)
- Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. (Deuteronomy 34:7)
- “I stand here before you—an old, gray-haired man...Have I ever cheated any of you? Have I ever oppressed you? Have I ever taken a bribe and perverted justice?...The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.” ( 1 Samuel 12: 2, 3, 5)
- He [King David] died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. (1 Chronicles 29:28)
- Jehoiada lived to a very old age, finally dying at 130. He was buried among the kings in the City of David, because he had done so much good in Israel for God and his Temple. (2 Chronicles 24:15, 16)
- So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning...Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. (Job 42: 12, 17)
- Anna, a prophet, was … very old...She lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. (Luke 2: 36, 37)
- Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:9).
- It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise (Hebrews 11:11).
- It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff (Hebrews 11:21).
© 2017 Dora Weithers