Posted on Apr 07 , 2014 in Life Lessons


By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 39:
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Would it make a difference how you lived your life if you knew how long you had to live on this earth?

Why aren’t we given the timeline of our lives?

The average life expectancy in the United States as of 2011, is 78.64 years (Source: Google search; What is the average life expectancy in the US?).

I’m sure we all know people who have lived long past that average life expectancy, well into their 80’s, 90’s, or even 100’s, if they have the right genes. We are quite impressed with Octogenarian’s (80-89), Nonagenarian’s (90-99) and Centenarian’s (100-109), but to God our days are “a mere handbreadth,” and “everyone is but a breath.”

Since God has a reason for everything he does, he chose not to provide us our life timeline for a purpose, I’m sure.

The upside to knowing is you may live your life much differently if your days had a number. You may not waste your youth frivolously if your known span was middle age, but plan more wisely for your future early on, or you may choose to live it furiously if it were short. A long lifespan into your 90’s or 100’s, if it were revealed, would certainly provide you plenty of time to plan better financially or career wise.

The downside is you may become paralyzed with fear and anxiety if you knew the day of your death as it drew near, especially for someone who had no future in eternity because they never accepted Christ as their personal savior.

Spiritually, as someone who has accepted Christ, you would be excited as the day dawned, knowing you would soon be in paradise with Jesus forever.

But since we do not know the day and time, we are left with the choice of making the best of every day and hoping for the time to accomplish and enjoy all that is part of the human experience such as marriage, children, careers, grandchildren, retirement and friends.

If you have accepted Christ as your personal savior and allow him to abide in you, your lifetime, regardless of length, will be full and enriched knowing that eternity awaits you at the end of your earthly time where you will enter the realm of timelessness as God is.

As a true believer you should not worry about earthly time, for your real reward is in Heaven, but you should live for Christ as his disciple and share the good news of eternity with others so they may know they have a future after they pass from this earthly existence.

As you experience the countdown of your life fill it with the launch procedure that prepares you for propulsion into eternity by living in and for Christ.

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