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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

THE BREVITY OF LIFE

Psalm 90:12 New Living Translation
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”
      Matthew Henry stretches this verse out for us to expand and make more clear its meaning: Lord, teach us to number our days; Lord, give us grace … to consider how few they are, and how little (time) we have to live in this world.” Consider that we have just entered into a new calendar year.  Now consider that it is 17 years since we entered into the new millennium.  Consider that 9/11 happened over 15 years ago.  Things that seemed so relevant while they were happening back in the 70’s were nearly 50 years ago.  So when the bible cautions us to grow in godly wisdom so we may realize the briefness of our lives, perhaps we can see the truth in that statement a little clearer.
            We must take the time to take stock in our lives.  Now is as good a time as any.  Do you listen for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit during your quiet time with the Lord?  Do you seek to know God even as you are known? Have you made the Lord the most important element in your life or has something or someone taken his place?  Understand I am not here to judge, that is not my purpose, neither is it anyone else’s.  We are to live like Christ sharing the gospel with our words and more importantly our lives.  Only God can judge us in the eternal court of morals and ethics. 
            Having had our sins purged from us by the blood of Christ, our burden should be light.  Do not start stacking up burdens all over again.  Give them up to the Lord.  Look at your life, past, present and future.  Your legacy will rise like a sweet smelling perfume from the deeds you do and the souls you lead to Christ.  Have you never led anyone to Christ, then perhaps you are a seed planter or the one who waters the seed. God brings the harvest so we get no credit for any of this. It’s all done for the glory of God.  Time is short, but not too short to save the world in Jesus name. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource:  The Life Application Study Bible; The Matthew Henry Commentary of the Bible.

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