The dangers of growing old in the Lord

One of the many dangers aging Christians face as we pilgrim through this world is forgetting our Lord.

Though we may have begun strong in Him, full of faith, blessings and wisdom, there is a chance of throwing all of this away and dying in foolishness—even apostasy.

Solomon prominently comes to mind as one such example: a king who was blessed beyond measure in the beginning of his reign, full of godly wisdom and knowledge, who ended in tragedy. His riches, power and influence in the world for righteousness sake were incalculable.

Solomon threw all of this away and appears to have died a fool and an idolater of the worst kind. His rise and fall from greatness is a story I often return to in the hope I might learn not to follow in his disastrous footsteps.

He forgot God, allowing the innumerable blessings showered upon him to come between him and his Lord. The very blessings poured abundantly upon Solomon were the very things that destroyed him. This causes me to tremble in my spirit—if this apostasy and rebellion could happen to the wisest man in the world, it can certainly happen to me.

Jesus warned His disciples of this very thing in Matthew 26:41: “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (NIV).

Most of us know people who began strong in the Lord and now, years later, no longer walk with Him. Or, if they still profess to be believers, you would not know this by the lifestyles they now lead and the words that come out of their mouths.

We all need to remember this other warning from Jesus and take heed: “…but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13 (NIV)