One of my favorite Bible verses about aging gracefully is “Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.” (Psalm 92:14)
God will carry us through, even into our advanced years. Our Creator has had a plan for us since before we were born. He had our days numbered since the beginning of time and it is up to us to make wise decisions to help our bodies live a more vibrant and full life and to impart our wisdom to those placed in our lives.
What God Says About Aging Gracefully
Ahhh… the “Golden Years”!
Merriam-Webster.com defines the Golden Years as “the advanced years in a lifetime; active well into their golden years“. But what is so golden about growing feeble, teeth decaying, not being able to drive, or even bladder control issues. Those currently experiencing the “Golden Years” may tell you there is nothing golden about them. These bible verses about aging beg to differ!
“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future…” as the old song goes. As the years begin to go by, our youthful bodies begin to feel the wear and tear from years of use they endured. The eyes begin to grow blurry, the hearing lessens as the days go by, and the loss of mobility becomes a reality.
You soon realize that the once vibrant young body has now become frail and no longer has that bounce-back that it used to have. Even still, you don’t have to just waste away; God has provided us with resources to get up and get active, to make more health conscious choices to help extend the years we may have.
No, we can not turn back the hands of time, but we can live a more abundant and healthy life right now regardless of how much time has passed or how much we may still have before us.
Aging is a beautiful gift from God. For those already in their Golden years, God has given you an opportunity to share what you have learned from your many days on this earth, to help others still growing and learning the ways of this world. The knowledge and wisdom you have gained over the years is like a secret treasure to those needing a little sage advice. You have been allowed to share your experiences as teachable moments for the generations to come. Each of these privileges are a blessing in and of itself!
To those of us still growing and learning as we move out of our parent’s house to get that dream job, get married, find the perfect house, have children, and eventually live the dream; we must seek the advice and council from those that have already gone those ways before us to learn from their successes and failures, to help us mature and become better for it.
The elders in our lives – our parents, grandparents, or leaders in the church – are here to help us to the glory of Messiah to become godly human beings of worship and praise to our Creator. Heeding their council is crucial to our relationship with God as we begin to find our own way on this earth.
May these Bible verses about aging gracefully help those in their Golden years find joy where God has allowed them to be, and for those of us still learning, find our aged, wise ones from whom to seek wisdom. May God bless you abundantly!
Old Testament Bible Verses
He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age..
~ Ruth 4:15
And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.
~ Isaiah 46:4
With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.
~ Psalm 91:16
Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face. Fear your God. I am the LORD.
~ Leviticus 19:32
And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.
~ Psalm 71:9
But those who keep waiting for the LORD will renew their strength. Then they’ll soar on wings like eagles; they’ll run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not grow tired.
~ Isaiah 40:31
Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.
~ Job 12:12
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
~ Proverbs 17:6
Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.
~ Deuteronomy 34:7
Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.
~ Job 32:7
But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
~ Psalm 92:12-14
Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.
~ Deuteronomy 32:7
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.
~ Proverbs 16:31
Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
~ Genesis 24:1
Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.
~ Deuteronomy 5:16
The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
~ Proverbs 20:29
Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t leave me, God. I must tell the next generation about your power and greatness. God, your goodness reaches far above the skies. You have done wonderful things. God, there is no one like you.
~ Psalm 71:18-19
Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.
~ Genesis 25:7-8
Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
~ Proverbs 23:22
As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.
~ Genesis 15:15
So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
~ Psalm 90:12
New Testament Verses
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.
~ 1 Timothy 5:1
For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 1:6
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
~ 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
~ Titus 2:2-5
Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
~ 1 Timothy 5:1-2