Even to your old age I am He,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save. Isaiah 46:4
Do you ever stop to think about all God does for you? I know I certainly don’t! If you are similar to me, you can go days without sincerely thanking Him for His provisions. If we are honest, we should be thanking Him for every waking breath, but we don’t. Why is that?
I try to make excuses like “I’m really busy today”, “I will make it up another day”, or “God already knows that I’m thankful in my heart.” (Yes, I am that brazen.) None of that matters. God goes ABOVE and BEYOND for your sake.
Sure I have the “major” ones down in my head like being thankful that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross, that He rose again, that He chose me as His child, and that He is consistently faithful. These are a few of many things we know in our head. If you grew up in a Christian home, you had these pat down from elementary school. We are so quick to be “thankful” for the obvious things God did in the past. What about the minute details He is carrying out in your life in the present?
Just by reading God’s Word and closely examining the life of a believer, you will quickly realize that God works VERY intimately interweaving the fine threads of humanity to carry out His story. He cares about that test or job interview. He encourages you by making your favorite song come on the radio at the right time. On that note, what in the world is wrong with world (specifically America right now) and what is God doing about it?!
Our world has been messed up since the day Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Nothing will change the consequences of that single action. Yes, we have salvation and are no longer enslaved to sin or death as believers. However, as long as we are living in this flesh on this planet, sin will be a constant struggle regardless of how “advanced” or educated people become. Hate, discrimination, racism, and even sexism are all Heart issues.
They need the Savior in a very bad way if they ever want to be cured of their “heart” disease. We are the Body. We are the hands and feet of Christ. Our job is to pray that God uses us and that He changes hearts. You can lose faith in humanity, but don’t lose faith in an Almighty God.
I still remember when a brother from my church referenced Isaiah 46:4 and thought, “Wow, God really takes care of us for that long? Even when we are old, feeble, and gray?” It really shouldn’t have surprised me, but to read those black and white printed words gave me goose bumps. God took care of me in the past. He continually takes care of me now, and I can rest assured that He will always take care of me. Even in the midst of chaos, we have so much to be thankful for and have much to hope in!