I’m getting old ……. there’s no denying it. Things that used to not bother me, well ….. they bother me now. Loud music, kids driving too fast, certain hair styles. My wife tells me I’m more demanding and grumpier. It’s not unusual to catch me nodding off on the sofa. My hair is turning grey, what part that hasn’t fallen out. Yep, I have officially joined the ranks of “Old Geezers.” There’s a younger man inside me who wants to grab me by my belt loop, snatch me up and say, “Come on Grandpa, stop complaining!” Is that what it is, complaining? I really don’t mean to complain, I’m just stating the facts.
One of my real fears about growing old is the uncertainty of the world around me. Everything is changing so fast I can barely keep up. Then there is all of the crazy news. Who knows what America will be like in 50 years? I’m not nearly so worried about myself as I am about my children and grandchildren.
There are some things that are certain and I am thankful for my faith that reminds me of the many great promises I have from God.
Mark 12:26-27 (NASB)
26 But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.”
Some things in scripture are not easy to verify; for example who knows what color hair Samson had? Scripture doesn’t specify. We can only make assumptions based on his nationality. Other things, however, are facts, clearly pointed out so that there is no doubt about them.
A fact is something that is an indisputably true;
it is a reality, a certainty.
Concerning whether or not there is a heaven, Jesus was very clear. God is not the god of the dead, but of the living. If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still living with God, then we can be assured that there is a place for us as well.
Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:49 (NIV)
49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
What a great comfort! The crotchety old man that I am now will pass away, cease to exist, along with all of his crotchety old ways and I will be a new person with a new image living with God in heaven. Now that’s something to celebrate! And that’s a fact!
The mug is up – Give thanks to God today for the certainty of his promises, promises that will never fail.