“Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you.” (Isa. 46:4, NCV)
You can “let down” into these words from God’s heart to yours. Listen to them with your spirit. Imbibe them deeply.
And then I have a few thoughts on this matter:
Here where I live in Peru, insurance is not much of a thing. No one I know here has insurance on their house. No one has life insurance. No one has car insurance (actually, I hardly know anyone that even owns a car). In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of anyone in my circles here with any significant kind of insurance at all.
If it hadn’t been for my experience of living outside of the United States, I would never have put much thought into the obvious contrast. Clearly, however, having insurance is a core value in the American culture, in a way that stands out as distinctive. We often feel like, through insurance plans and 401(k)’s, we can create a reasonable amount of security for our old age. Sometimes we even believe we can fashion our future with our own hands.
This is a false illusion. Here is what my brother James has to say about putting too much stock into our own plans for the future: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:13-14, ESV).
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for insurance, retirement plans, and wise preparation for the days ahead. I’m just saying, let’s not stake our life on them. Let’s not allow our sense of security to rest in our human planning skills. James pretty bluntly calls that out as “boasting in arrogance” (v. 16).
Instead, let’s lean into what Holy Spirit is speaking to us through the prophet Isaiah. Do you hear His strong, gentle voice? Listen: “Even when you are old… I will take care of you.”
The same God who created us is promising to sustain and carry us every moment of our lives until He takes us home!
Now that’s a promise you can bank on.