"As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away." (Psalms 90:10)
Before the flood, a hundred-year-old man was still considered young. Man's years competed with the oaks. But even then, life was short. You might live to be thousand and still not know everything. There would always be things to do, places to go, and dreams to live.
Some people wish they could live forever. But why would you want your life on this planet to be endless? There'd be no end to your labor, no stop to your pain, and new heartaches would arise each day. It would be an awful fate to live eternally on earth. Although there are many enjoyable things on earth, there is as much bad as good, and we all hope for a day when evil will cease.
If you are under twenty-five, you probably think you have your whole life ahead of you, but that might not be so. People can die at any age, whether they are one or ninety. Haven't you heard of an infant's death? If anyone had their whole life ahead of them, wouldn't it have been them? Yet they lie in a grave, not even reaching the prime of life. God has allotted each person a certain number of years. The doctor may say you will die in three weeks, but you will not die until God says so. I know an older gentleman who was supposed to be dead several years ago, according to the doctor. He's still ticking because God hasn't stopped his clock.
If you only had a few weeks to live, what would you do? Eat, drink, and be merry? Try to see the world? That would be pouring your seconds into the wastebasket. It is good to enjoy your life, and there's nothing sinful in fun, but spiritual matters are more important than enjoying yourself. "I would not choose to sit on a barrel of gunpowder and smoke a pipe, but that is what those do who are thoughtless about their souls while life is so uncertain." *
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 139.
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