Old Age and Victory

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All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way.

“All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” by Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

A precious message in that song! The best of it all is that it’s true, that the Lord has led us all the way!

You know, someone said to me the other day, “Why do you so often tell your age?” Well, I think it’s so wonderful how the Lord has led and how the Lord has kept me through so many years! Yes, I’m in my 80th year, and I tell it again.

I like to shout it from the housetops, because it does glorify the Lord, what the Lord has done. It’s such a miracle, when I was such a pitiful invalid in bed for about five years—and then you think of the broken back and all that happened to me—and here the Lord has led all the way so wonderfully!

I wouldn’t fear old age if I were you, some of you that are so fearful about it and you think that old age brings all sorts of troubles and inconveniences and is so miserable. Life has been gloriously adventurous, and I would say excitingly wonderful as a Christian, unbelievably victorious at times, through the Lord Jesus Christ.

But I do confess that without the Lord, it would have been tediously humdrum and filled with disappointments and failures. I’ve talked to so many people that are just haunted by a sense of futility, and they’re restless and they have an unnamed hunger because they don’t have the Lord and they don’t have real faith in God.

I wonder how many you know among your associates, I mean of older people, that have radiant, joyful faces? So many faces of the old people that you pass by on the street are fear-ridden and unhappy, and the reason for that is their lack of faith in God. They don’t have an anchor in the time of storm; they don’t have the Lord to trust in.

So there isn’t joy upon the face because the joy isn’t in the heart. I think I told you once about that which Gypsy Smith said.1 He talked about a dear old saint of God, a dear old mother in Israel that he had had fellowship with in the Lord. He said that Jesus just shone out on her face, that her face was like “an old cathedral lighted up for evening worship.”

Sometimes we meet some of the old that are like that. They have such trust in God and they testify to the wonderful victories along the way and their experience in life. It’s because they have believed the Lord. They say, “He is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” I don’t even fear the years! “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Come what may, I’m in God’s hands. He’s a loving Father, and I know that all things will work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28). What a glorious standard to live by! It’s like Raymond Richey2 used to say: “It just gets gooder and gooder all the time.”

I found this little poem, which truly I would say is my testimony:

I’m not looking for the sunset,
As the swift years come and go.
I’m looking for the sunrise
And the golden morning glow,
Where the light of heaven’s glory
Will break forth upon my sight
In the land that knows no sunset,
Nor the darkness of the night.

I’m not going down the pathway
Toward the setting of the sun
Where the shadows ever deepen
When the day at last is done;
I’m walking up the hillside
Where the sunshine lights the way
To the glory of the sunrise
Of God’s never-ending day.

I’m not going down, but upward,
And the path is never dim,
For the day grows ever brighter
As I journey on with Him.
My eyes are on the hilltops
Waiting for the sun to rise,
Waiting for His invitation
To the home beyond the skies.

From “Looking for the Sunrise,” by Albert Simpson Reitz, 1953

Oh, it’s so wonderful to be a Christian! Jesus talked about faith and chided the people of His day of having so little faith. (Matthew 6:30) Sometimes we see how fearful people are and how they even fear the years that are coming upon them. Why, God doesn’t change with the years! The Lord’s just the same and His promises are just as true.

They are just as much for one who’s old as they are for one who’s young. He remains ever the same. (Hebrews 13:8) God’s Word says, “O faithless generation, how long must I be with you?” (Matthew 17:17) Some people are so worried about the cares of life, and Jesus spoke to them, and He said, “O ye of little faith, your Father knows you have need of these things.” (Matthew 6:30–32)

Now when the years come upon you, He’ll know what your needs are just the same as when you were young and full of life and vitality. None of the promises are changed at all. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” works just as well at 80 as it did at 18! (Mark 9:23)

Jesus was surprised at the lack of faith among His own people and at the remarkable faith of foreigners like the Roman centurion or the woman of Syrophenicia, when His own people had so little faith. (Matthew 8:5–10; Mark 7:26–29) I’m amazed sometimes at the lack of faith I meet amongst the dear ones that have been Christians for so long.

In moments, in times of supreme test, God has revealed Himself, and I find Him so real that I can just shout with absolute confidence, “I know in whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1: 12). In sudden emergencies, in prolonged trials, He so fulfills His Word and the promise in this verse, “I will in no wise fail thee” You find the verse in Hebrews 13: 5 and 6.

“For He Himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, nor will I in any wise forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what men shall do unto me.” So many times we hear people read this: “I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” But that isn’t the way it is, it isn’t a thoughtful question. “I will not fear!” It’s a declaration of confidence. Then comes this question: What shall man do unto me? “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). In other words, it’s a counterpart verse there. “What shall man do to me?”

So in sudden emergencies and trials that are sometimes prolonged, He fulfills His promises just the same as He did in youthful days. I will not fail thee in old age, He’s saying. (Isaiah 46:4) If you are in the midst of great stress, just keep courage. I’ll not in any wise forsake thee. And He means it for you!

Why can’t you take it personally? That’s the God that we know, that we have proven year after year under all conditions. He’s standing ready at this moment to meet you in any trial that you’re passing through. He’s speaking to you now about that.

There are those listening in at this moment that feel they can go no further unless their loads are lightened or they can feel God’s healing touch upon their sick body. This is for you. God is faithful, He has said it. “In thy manifold mercies thou forsakest me not” (Nehemiah 9:19).

No matter what your age, no matter what the trouble, you are a peculiar concern of the Lord’s at this very moment. You are the one that He’s longing to reach. “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). You are His peculiar care at this moment.

Dear Jesus, bless and comfort and answer prayer, we pray. Thank you, Father God. Amen.

  1. Rodney (Gypsy) Smith, 1860–1947, was born in a tent, raised in a Gypsy camp, and never attended a school, yet he influenced the lives of millions of people for God through his powerful preaching. See more…
  2. Raymond T. Richey (1893–1968) was a famous healing evangelist. It is believed that more than one million people responded to his calls for salvation or healing over the lifetime of his ministry. See more…