Realize the Brevity of Life

“Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”     

                           (Psalm 90:11-12)



If a person’s life span were to be 70 years, he would have lived in this world 25,550 days during his life.  For a child or teenager that may seem like a large amount of time, but for those of us who are coming to consider time more precious, 25,550 is not really a large number. 


Without wishing to sound morbid, it is a sobering thought to realize that as a young man (if my lifespan were to be 70 years), I have used up over half of the days allotted to me (see Psalm 90:10).



Time is extremely important.  None of us is guaranteed 70 years.  If the truth were known, we are all living on “borrowed time.”  The days of our life are on loan from God himself.  The psalmist, under the leadership and direction of the Holy Spirit confronted this truth in his writing.



We are warned by the Scriptures to be very careful with the days that God has graciously given us.  The days of our life are given to us as an opportunity.  To waste one’s life invites God’s consternation. 


To understand and find our greatest fulfillment in this opportunity we call life we must see God’s purposes for us:



First and foremost, God’s desire for us is that we experience a personal, life-changing relationship with Him.  God wants you to experience and possess His free gift of eternal life and He is very clear about how that must take place. John 17:3 says, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” 



Secondly, if God has given you another day to live, it is an opportunity to help others experience a personal, life-changing relationship with Him.  Acts 1:8 says, “”…ye shall be witnesses unto me…”  Jesus did not make witnessing an option or a gift.  Witnessing was a command and a commission from the very lips of the Savior. 



Finally, if God has given you another day to live, it is an opportunity for you to love.  Who are we to love?  How are we to love?  Matthew 22:37-39 says, “Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love God and love others with everything that you’ve got!

Whatever you and I are going to do we must do quickly.  Time is running out and the justice of God awaits!  Let’s number our days!


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