How short? Check Psalm 39:5 I mean how short is that? A nanosecond of a second?
When my Sunday School teacher passed away three years ago, we were all shocked because he was really young at that time. He was I think, 3 years my senior. Just recently another church friend passed away and he was only 42. If life begins at 40 then he was only a baby, right?
When someone dies at the age below 50, we say “too young”. When someone dies at the age over 60 , we say “that’s not too old”, but when someone dies at the age over 80, people say “well, that was a life well lived”. But was it really?
David continues on to say that we are phantoms-we go to and fro and bustle about, but only in vain. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will get it. (verse 6)
This is not to imply that we should not be working and saving up for the rainy days, not at all. But when heaping up earthly wealth becomes our priority, “the life well-lived” is not going to be an appropriate inscription on our epitaphs. When our lives are just a breath, we need to store up treasures in heaven.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.
I can understand why a lot of people, including myself would want to live longer. There’s just too many things that we want to do and time is running out on us. The life we know now seems relatively comfortable, only because we are experiential beings. If we can experience heaven now, all the more that we will want to stay and live longer. But God knew what he was doing and He knew where our hearts would be, and in my last blog I mentioned that God offers combo deals on how to live our lives, not merely for ourselves but in fulfillment of what God created for us to do.
Our hope is in the Lord (v.7)
Do you want to live longer and forever? God designed it that way! The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ. We were dead in sin, but alive in Christ.
If life is short and God had a gift of eternal life in Jesus, wouldn’t you accept that?
- The Names Of Christ: “Eternal Life” (settledinheaven.wordpress.com)
- Hope (whatistillneedtolearn.wordpress.com)
- The Enormity of our Born Again Experience Part Three: Not Quite What We Thought (mcfalger.com)
- Being saved and being a disciple – the same! (allanblog.me)