26. Renew your youth

Abraham moved south to the Negev and settled there for a while. When he arrived there he was afraid that the king will take Sarah from him because she was very beautiful. He was also afraid that he could be killed in the process. So he did what he did the last time he was in the same situation, he lied. He told them that Sarah was his sister. And sure enough King Abimelech saw her and wanted her as his own. So he sent for her and took her into the palace.

Now I don't know if you ever thought about it, but Sarah was about 90 years old at this stage. Ninety years old! She was ninety years old and still beautiful and desirable. I tried to reason it away and tried to spiritualise the situation, but the fact remains that a gentile non believing king thought that she was beautiful. Beautiful enough to lust after her. That is staggering and in my eyes nothing but a miracle. God kept Sarah young and beautiful, despite her age.

This made me think of so many text verses that the Lord gives us in His Word stating that He will renew our youth and give us a long and fruitful life too. Let us explore some of these verses together:

"The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love Me. I will protect those who trust in My Name. When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them My salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

"But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into 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." Psalm 92:12-14

"Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles!" Psalm 103:2-5

"When You send Your Spirit, new life is born to replenish all the living of the earth." Psalm 104:30

"My child, listen to Me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths. Don't lose sight of My words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning." Proverbs 4:10, 11, 21, 22

"Fear of the Lord lengthens one's life, but the years of the wicked are cut short." Proverbs 10:27

Isn't it just wonderful text verses? There are many more, but for today I will stop there. Meditate on these verses this week. Ponder them and make them your own. The essence of these verses for me is to love God, praise Him, spend time in His Word and obey Him. He is so full of love and mercy and He longs to bless us. He wants to shower us with His blessings. Draw near to Him today and He will draw near to you. He is altogether lovely and altogether worthy, He is the Almighty God to be praised forever and ever. May you have a special week with these text verses and embrace time spent with Him. Therein lies all the treasures that this world can offer.

Dear Father. We love You. We adore You. Your Word is filled with so much wisdom. Open up Your Word to us and lead us into deeper understandings of it. Fill us with more of You, renew our youth like the eagles and satisfy us with a long, good life. In Jesus' Name. Amen


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