“The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.”
Whatever age we are, it can be very tempting to look around us and wish something was different. We want to look or act or talk like those around us, to exhibit their strengths and make it clear that we aren’t “lacking.”
But there is value in each of us. There is worth, right where we are. The God who created all things and fashioned us in the womb has purposed us to display His glory.
As I read this proverb, I began thinking of how society has tainted our views of what is to be desired. So often it seems that as we grow older, we wish for the strength and energy and physical characteristics we used to have. Or perhaps we just wish life had gone differently or that we could go back to how things were “before.”
We weren’t designed to remain the same throughout our days. That wasn’t a mistake. God sees value and beauty in each season of our lives. It is all intentionally chosen for our joy. Every season reveals weaknesses in us. They may be different from those we see in others, but rest assured there is weakness in all of us. It is weakness that shows us our need for God. It is what drives us to our knees in desperation.
The seasons we walk through are purposed to bring us closer to Him. If we look to Him as we walk through trials, our eyes are opened to see His glory more clearly and we are given greater understanding of His truth and wisdom. As we grow older, “though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Isn’t this to be rejoiced? We may not have the strength of younger days, but we have the wisdom that only years of walking with our Lord can impart.
For those of us who are still young, we can rejoice that God isn’t finished with us yet. Wisdom is being sown into our hearts. We are learning the joy of the Lord, growing steadily in faith and learning to trust in His understanding. He has given us strength to complete the task before us and run the race.
Really, when you look at the strengths all of us have, isn’t it a beautiful picture of the wisdom of God? Because the strengths vary. They complement each other. We are the body of Christ, which has many members, and “when each part is working properly, [He] makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:16).
As we walk through our days—every day the Lord graciously gives us—let us be thankful for the path He has chosen and for His timing in each step. He loves us with a love that is perfect. His faithfulness to us is everlasting. He is good to us. To you. Every strength, every weakness, every difficulty, every joy—it is all chosen with a purpose and highlights the glory of His grace in your story. He wrote your days before even one of them began. Let us trust Him enough to rest always in His sovereign wisdom and abundant grace.