Brighter and Brighter

William C. Brownson

READ : Proverbs 4:10-18

A recent newspaper article reported that youth have a gloomier impression of aging than those who are actually going through it. Biblical faith supports the outlook of those older folks. Moving into our latter years is not viewed as a drag, a sad decline. God promises in this rich proverb that life will actually get better. “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.”

Brighter when health fails? Brighter when limitations multiply? Brighter when loved ones die and leave us grieving? Yes, in spite of all. On the Lord’s path we’re learning what’s important, coming to know him better, and getting nearer home.

I didn’t know what would happen to me when I retired four years ago. Would I lapse into senility? Would I have nothing to do? Would my sense of self-worth collapse? Would I have less heart and fire for the Lord’s work? Happily, none of the above. With my family, in fellowship with Christ, and in his service, these have been our best years. Brighter and brighter? Believe it. That’s God’s promise.


Thank you, Lord, that for your people growing older is like moving toward the light. Amen.