Psalm 39:4-5 (New International Reader's Version)
4 I said, "Lord, show me when my life will end.
Show me how many days I have left.
Tell me how short my life will be.
5 You have given me only a few days to live.
My whole life doesn't seem like anything to you.
No man's life lasts any longer than a breath.
Hebrews 9:27 (New International Reader's Version)
27 People have to die once. After that, God will judge them.
James 4:14 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
14You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears.
Do you ever stop and think about your future? Are you consumed about trying to live as long as you can? Our whole society is built around the young and staying young. How many commercials have you seen lately that have older people in them, except for the ones selling "little blue pills"?
It has almost become an obsession with our society these days. We try to diet and exercise, workout and lift weights; we have our bodies pulled and tucked and prodded, all for the sake of holding on to a few more years of youth. Is trying to hold on to youth and look young the issue, or are we afraid of what awaits us 100 years from now?
I have always thought that it is a good approach to discuss the Gospel by asking someone where they will be 100 years from now. It causes people to stop and think about where they might end up when they die. Bottom line is that God has limited our lifespan, and everyday we live is one day closer to when we will die. Not that I want to be morbid here, but it is something we really need to think about.
The Bible speaks much about how brief our lives are. Not only has God limited our lives as it is written in Genesis 6(What happened to all those guys like Methuselah and Noah, that lived for hundreds of years? How did we miss out?), but He compares our lives to the flowers and grass, that are here today and fade away tomorrow, and he likens our lives to a mist, a breath, or a vapor. I think what He is trying to tell us is that "life is short"! Our focus needs to be on the answer to the question of where we will be in 100 years from now. Our prayer to Him should be this:
12Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (GOD’S WORD Translation)