I Will Carry You
In Isaiah, chapter forty-six, God explains to His people the folly of idolatry. He mentions Bel and Nebo (chief deities of the Babylonians) and points out that these gods (their images) must be carried about upon beasts of burden. These gods could neither hear nor answer their suppliants. They could not save anyone, including themselves and were a weariness and vanity to their worshipers.
Then God reminds His people that, in contrast to all idols, “I have upheld you since you were conceived and have carried you since your birth.” The God of Israel was no burden. Rather He carried them and their burdens. Then He offers this comforting truth…Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He Who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4)
We came into this world naked, toothless and totally helpless. The care we received from parents and/or others who took the trouble was care that God superintended. The same God Who got us through the helplessness of infancy and the dangers of childhood to our present state is just as capable for our older age when some of our powers begin to slip back into weakness. Not only can He care for us, but He promises to do just that. Sickness, poverty, loss of independence, loss of mental faculties, loneliness…such things can move us to put too much trust in medical resources or in money or in relationships. God didn’t say it would be easy. Much better than that, He said He will carry us! Put your trust in Him and help me do the same.