Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. — Philippians 3:21
As I was growing up, I would always think it was funny how people would describe getting older. I often heard people say, “things change when you turn 30.” They spoke about how they started seeing things like their vision getting worse or their weight increasing. But then, it seemed like 40 was the one that everyone was talking about.
I often heard people say they started to “fall apart” when they turned 40. The idea was that parts of their body started to fail. They required surgery and medications more as they got older. I never gave this much thought when I was younger. After all, I was never going to get old!
That was until it started happening. The older we get, the more we realize that our bodies are not permanent. Our bodies here in this world were never designed to be permanent. As the scriptures teach, life is but a fleeting moment, and then we are gone. We certainly want to take care of ourselves and our health, but there is a day we will all see our bodies fail.
Perhaps you have found yourself there already. Young or old, we all have moments where we find ourselves hurting, aching, sick, and facing things due to the temporary nature of our bodies. That makes me so thankful for verses in the scriptures like this one.
I certainly would not wish bad health or sickness on anyone, but we all will deal with this at times in our lives. If you find yourself there today and are a child of God, you can take comfort in this verse. The sufferings of this world are just temporary. One day, we will have a new body where there will be no more sickness or pain! Take comfort in this hope and promise found through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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