From First Chronicles, we read from David’s prayer,
“For we are sojourners before Thee, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow . . .” (I Chronicles 29:15 – NASB)
And, from the epistle of James we read,
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. ‘You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.'” (James 4:14 – NASB)
From Job the Scripture says,
“Remember that my life is but breath . . .” (Job7:7 – NASB)
And from the Psalms it is written,
“Surely every man is a mere breath” (Psalm 39:11 – NASB)
Do we get the point? “Our days on the earth are like a shadow.” We are “just a vapor that appears for a little while and then” we are gone, we are passed on into eternity. Our “life is but breath . . . a mere breath.” O the brevity of “life,” it is here today and gone tomorrow.
Though that may seem to sound rather depressing and discouraging, the Scriptures give us notice of the shortness of our days on this earth. And why would you think we need that counsel? I would think that the answer to that is that we have a great tendency to make poor use of the time, the “days,” that God gives us.
Just after the recent football game between New England and Indianapolis, a commercial came on that said, “85 hours of Super Bowl coverage.” There was to be 85 hours of air time on the upcoming football event over the two weeks leading up to the actual game. “Man,” I thought, “That is almost 4 full 24 hour days!” Oh, my! Could it be that there are people spending four or more days just preparing for a football game? The answer, of course, is, “Yes.” The world has shaped and formed the Super Bowl into this colossal event that actually consumes a person’s time. Attention to it can actually take up our “days” if we allow it to.
I immediately thought, “O Lord, may I not be taken in by the things of this world to a degree that I would spend 85 hours of the time you give me on something that in the end, means absolutely nothing!” This is, brethren, just what I thought!
“. . . teach (me) to number (my) days, that (I) may present to Thee a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 – NASB)
May I boldly suggest, that if we, who belong to Christ, are going to spend 85 hours on anything it will be on that which will “present” to our Lord evidence of “a heart of wisdom.” May we know the truth about our time here on this earth and may we also have a super concern for those who would actually use their time so frivolously.
“For they are a nation lacking in counsel, and there is no understanding in them. Would that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would discern their future!” (Deuteronomy 32:28-29 – NASB)
What a relevant passage of Scripture . . . do you not agree?
Have a good day brethren . . . and give serious consideration to just how much time you give to a so-called super event verses the time that you give to Christ. For life is but a vapor, a breath, a shadow . . . . . . and we who know Him are supposed to have wisdom and understanding of that.
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