|15 Essential Biblical Texts|
If we’re lucky enough to live a long life, old age eventually encroaches on us all … it wears down our bodies, chips away at our memories, and erodes our acumen.
But aging is just a part of our journey toward eternity, and renewal awaits beyond this earth — keeping that in focus can help ease the slings and arrows of creaking joints and fading vision.
These 20 Bible verses about old age will help keep you centered on God’s word and the purpose that aging plays in our march toward Heaven.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal ; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus
Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
1 Kings 3:14
And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(You might also enjoy our post about short prayers of gratitude. And, for some stories that touch on the beauties of life, check out Hugh Wesley’s blog.)