"But the godly shall flourish like palm trees, and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the Lord's own garden, and are under His personal care. Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green" (Psalm 92:12-14).
John Vredenburgh preached in a Somerville, New York church for many years, often feeling that his ministry was a great failure even though he preached the gospel faithfully. His death came amidst discouragements, and even some of his members wondered about his success and effectiveness as a minister.
Not long after his death, however, spiritual revival came to Somerville. On one Sunday alone, 200 people came to Christ - most of whom dated their spiritual stirrings from the ministry of John Vredenburgh.
Faithfulness and persistence are great virtues in the service of Jesus Christ. "Pay Day, Some Day" was a significant theme and message of that great Southern Baptist pastor, R. G. Lee - and since God's timing is always perfect, it surely will come in good time.
"Even in old age they will still produce fruit." Though the outward man may be pershing, the inward man is renewed day by day. When the outward ear grows deaf, the inward man hears the voice of God. When the eye grows dim, the mind is enlightened with God's Word.
When the flesh becomes weak, we are "strengthened with might in the inner man." Older Christians look toward heaven, where they again shall see family and friends; meanwhile, the share their maturity and good judgment with others, knowing that God still rewards the faithful. Until that dying breath, the supernatural life on earth can continue.
Today's Action Point
Knowing that even in old(er) age my life can produce fruit, I will persevere and remain faithful to our Lord and His commands.