Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
What happens when you look at a photograph of yourself? Do you automatically scrutinize the picture to see if you look your best? Do you compare it in your mind with pictures taken of you at a younger age, and mentally make a decision to call your hairdresser for an appointment to cover up those pesky gray hairs, or think about heading back to the gym to work on that shape?
Many of us seem to feel that we must keep looking youthful all the time. And while it IS good to keep neat and clean to look our best (and we SHOULD take care of our health), each day of life that we have been granted is a gift, and not one to be hidden away as if we are ashamed of how old we are.
“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. . . “
Does not your Creator know how old you are? Did He not grant you each day, does He not promise to carry you? Not one of us made the decision that we would be born. But Someone DID make that decision. . .
“I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”
You have a Creator who has promised to carry, bear, and save you. We have nothing to fear!
Homemaker/Homeschool Teacher,Collegedale, Tennessee USA