“Even when you’re old, I’ll take care of you.
Even when your hair turns gray,
I’ll support you.
I made you and will continue to care for you.
I’ll support you and save you.”
God’s tender words to Isaiah are so sweet…gentle…and intimate. Isaiah had lived a long, long life. He’d seen many Kings come and go throughout his long life as God’s mouthpiece to His people.
Prophets are often loners. Their lives are focused on watching for and listening to God. They’re not afraid to speak words…give messages….that “rock the boat” of other’s lives. (I lived with one….I know what that’s like! Major boat-rocker!) They need to get away from the crowds and be able to position themselves to listen to God’s quiet Voice. They need to focus. Practical things of life – especially plans for old age – are not a high priority. They’re far more tuned in to the here and now of what God is doing and saying.
In Isaiah’s time, there was no social security, no “retirement”, no medicare, and likely not much security of having children to take care of an elderly Prophet of God. As he aged, his old bones would have been affecting his daily life. Being alone brings a new reality to becoming old. And Isaiah was very old….
The tenderness of God’s Words directly to Isaiah’s old heart…..that “ear” that had heard so many Words from God which were meant for others – even kings – are poignantly personal and intimate for this old prophet. God covered all of those bases that become part of the realities of the aged. He knew. He saw. He understood. He was present in, and for, Isaiah. This Message was specially for His old faithful servant. His prophet.
Those Words give us a beautiful picture of God’s intimate knowledge of us. When we are His, there can be no greater Love in our lives….even when we are “alone.” Our hearts can rest, knowing that He is with us . . . with me.