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Our Days Are Numbered

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4).

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone knew the exact moment they would die?  If you knew tomorrow was your last day, would you do things differently? Would you reconcile with a family member, finally quit that job or take a big risk?

No matter how many days we’ve been given, we don’t have a moment to lose. Compared to eternity, our lives here on Earth are like a rainbow or a shooting star -- fleeting, momentary and “a mere handbreath.” James 4:14 compares our lives to a vapor, here for a moment and vanishing in a instant.

The brevity of life is a theme throughout the Bible, and every writer reaches the same divine conclusion: We waste way too much time on things that are not important. In Psalm 39, David writes about watching people spend time and energy amassing wealth they can’t take with them. In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus addresses the same issue when he tells the story of a wealthy farmer who hoards his grain. In Ecclesiastes 2, David’s son Solomon reflects on his life, fortune and relationships only to reach the same conclusion as his father. All of this toil was meaningless.

Like David and Solomon, we, too, must recognize that hope is found solely in the Lord. The Lord who knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs also numbers our days and gives our lives meaning. Let’s not neglect what is truly important. What do you need to change today to start making the most of the time you’ve been given?

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