Fullness of life
A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered... Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:4-6, 12
Life is temporary. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). We cannot presume about how long we will live here on earth. There are times that we grapple for answer when someone’s life has been cut short when we have an expectation that such person should have lived a much longer life. Yet, we realize that it is not us who determines or has the control as to the exact length of time a person should have in this world. From the text, it is God that determines everything including the brevity of life. This is why the prayer Moses uttered to God should also be our prayer. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). This is important for it will help us be aware that we cannot be presumptuous about our life. This will also make us align our desires to the will of God. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1). It will be best for us to have our life lived in accordance with His will. You might be disappointed about your physical condition at the moment, or you might not be the healthiest person, yet it will be God that will determine your appointed time. Worrying will not add a bit to extend your life. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27). But you are also not to take for granted the life that you have by taking risks and attempting foolish actions that will jeopardize your life. Always be aware that God wants that you live your life in the center of His will. Follow His will and obey God, then you will know that they are for your benefit and they are “good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Do not be overcome by despair and discouragement; instead make the most of the life God gave you. Live your life to the fullest being led by God relying upon His wisdom. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Noel De Guzman