So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
Meditation: “Live like you are dying.” “You only live once.” “Carpe diem.” Each generation grasps the reality that our mortal lives are short and too often wasted. The reaction to this realization varies greatly from dropping everything in pursuit of a personal bucket list of experiences to a deep clawing depression or denial. Almost all human philosophy here focuses on living life to the fullest.
What does God’s Word say about it? Lots of things. First of all, life is precious and valuable, and so is death when understood properly (Psalm 116:15). Herein is the jist of our scripture today and the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Peter described our lives like grass saying, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away…” (1 Peter 1:24). The Apostle Paul corroborated with Peter explaining that our death will be swallowed up in victory and life eternal (1 Corinthians 15:54; 2 Corinthians 5:4). Both Apostles point us straight to Jesus as the answer to mortality, the body of this death (Romans 7:24-25).
James warned us against planning without regard to God’s will, saying, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:13-15).
Call to Action: Finally, when the saints awaken to the brevity of life and our desperate need for Christ, we should breathe out our need for the Lord as the thief who hung beside Him on Calvary, saying, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 23:42).