Some Bible verses discuss the lifespan of human beings. Why is this important to followers and servants of Jesus Christ? That’s what we’re considering today.
Our time on earth is brief; the number of our days is already decided by you. (Job 14:15 CEV)
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Ps 90:12)
I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (Ps 109:23)
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. (Ps 144:4)
One thing that we have to remember is that our time on earth is limited, and so it’s good to learn to value each day enormously. Once we accept the brevity of life, we will be more inclined to seek God’s wisdom, leading and guidance for living rich, meaningful, and eternally significant lives that will bring glory to God.
We don’t want to take the gift of life for granted. We don’t want to waste our days on foolish, selfish pursuits that have no real value. Those would be pursuits that eventually, at their conclusion, can bless no one else but ourselves and that bring pleasure to and minister to no one other than ourselves. Some such ventures might even be sinful or evil.
Once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord, all that we need for daily sustenance will be given to us by the Lord according to Matthew 6:33.
The Lord wants His people to learn, to grow, and to seek His wisdom.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. (Pro 2:1-11 NIV) As we learn to number our days, we regard each day as a precious gift as well as an opportunity to store up treasure in heaven that will please God. Glory!