Daily Devotions

From the sermons of Charles F. Stanley

Ways we Become Old

Genesis 47:7-9

Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is by studying its opposite. Yesterday we learned how to stay young while growing old. Today we will take a look at some of the ways that we can age ourselves.

Jacob was a man who made himself old by looking at his circumstances from a negative perspective. Our passage today reveals that he was dissatisfied with his life. Although there are many qualities in Jacob that we can admire, this is not one of them.

Our focus will determine our level of satisfaction in life. Those who stay young in spirit regularly look for evidence of the Almighty in their lives—ways He is working, providing, loving, and guiding. Without this perspective, the pain and problems of life can take center stage, which can easily lead to discouragement and grumbling.

We can also age ourselves by carrying burdens that believers are not meant to bear. Jesus Christ invites the weary and heavy-laden to come to Him and find rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He wants us to get under His yoke and allow Him to carry our load of cares and concerns. Our Savior has a solution for every burden and wants to help us transfer them to Him.

What are you carrying that is aging your body, soul, and spirit? Try Jesus’ solutions: For a bitter, unforgiving spirit, forgive; for guilt, confess; for regret over past sin, believe Christ has already forgiven you; and for anxiety, cast it on God, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).


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