I Will Carry You

Older Couple

“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.

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 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.

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What are your thoughts on the correct fusion of, on the one hand, careful, responsible planning; and on the other, deep, trustful abandon to Daddy God’s immaculate care of our lives?

8 thoughts on “I Will Carry You

  1. I think it’s a planning vs. worrying question. It is proper and prudent to plan for the future through the use of available financial means. But we cannot be worry-free if we stop there, because dollars can be taken as easily as they were earned; just ask Job!

    The only way to be worry-free is to be in proper relationship with our Maker. Then, even if our dollars are taken, we know we’re still going home. And that gives great comfort :).

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  2. Jennifer, my 69 years of life have been a roller coaster ride when it comes to “planning ” without turning it over to God first. My plans sometimes change, if not by the day then by the hour! My recent time away from family and friends has taught me some lessons I will never forget. It is wise to seek counsel of Godly folks but it is better to bring all before the Lord first. Looking back and then viewing today as it is, allows me to see the spiritual perspective that is so necessary each day. My true treasures and security are in the eternal and that displaces my temporary “need” for material things. Len Wisniewski

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  3. Jennifer, Striking the balance between trusting God and ‘doing our part’ can get difficult, if we allow ourselves to think we are ultimately in control of the future. My thoughts on your topic can be summed up like this: What I need to take care of, I do, with the mindset of being a good steward of what the Lord has given me and in all things I must rely on Him more!
    Psalm 55:22 reminds me to : Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall (NIV). When God says never, He means NEVER!
    Blessings for a fruitful 2019 to you,
    Chuck

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    1. These are wonderful thoughts, Chuck! The Holy Spirit in you blesses and encourages me! I am built up and strengthened by that verse from Psalms this evening. Thank you for your obedience in sharing it. Amen to good stewardship and relying on Him more and more and more!

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  4. The only day any of us really have is THIS DAY and even then it is uncertain. As we age particularly this is JOY of the Christ-Life. if He indeed in undergirding our whole life then He will into eternity remain constant. Yes, caring for personal health and well-being but ALWAYS living where possible under the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit. (We had a change this year even of a health plan because of an absolute certainty after prayer that this was necessary…….It turned out to be less financially but gave us cover for major dental expenses. We plan yes but we do need to surrender and TRUST as well. Thank you for the inspirational blog. I agree with comments already posted. Blessings to all for a 2019 of as yet unknown possibilities.

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