Another year coming to an end
Colossians 3:2 - Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Just a few minutes back I was reading 2 mails by a precious sister, in one she wrote birth at one side and death on the other and drew a line in between, our life line. In the other mail she quoted Psalms 90:12.
Psalms 90:12 - So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Two lines before in the Psalm verse 10 says " The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80), yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away"
On an average man lives for 70 to 80 years although under the curse man can live for maximum 120years. When God cursed the lifespan of man around the time of Noah's floods; man's life span slowly and steadily started reducing. Before the curse man's earthly life limit was more than thousand years and hence forth became 120 years. Even long after the curse we have very few persons who lived more than 120years, and their secret was their lives were connected with the sanctuary of the Lord (like a High Priest or a Levi who is considered as a priest). That does not mean if we live in some Church we will longer, it means if we make our bodies which we dwell in real temples, then we may live longer. It also does not mean those who live shorter are cursed more. Understand God's main purpose is to see us saved, therefore at times takes us away when we are at the best state of faith we can get, because of our hearts.
Assuming we are not great people in the Lord and live an average life, can we look back at this life and see what we have done with it? Can you and me, be confident and proud that we did not waste this precious opportunity of time.
We may have collected lot of material things and made a great name among men. This may carry forward from one generation to the next and still to the next, after that what? All the name and material things will soon one day be forgotten and wasted but the spiritual wealth we have will be carried with us unto out life with the Lord. The true wealth that we make does not only benefit us alone; it is like a flowering tree which gives beautiful aroma. We may have the tree and the flowers but the aroma spreads even unto the neighbors, no one can stop the aroma from spreading.
The true spiritual wealth we collect can not be stopped from affecting the life of others.
There was a beautiful statement I came across with regards to the difference a true Christian and people of this world.
At the end one creates wealth, leaves it and goes; and the other walks towards his or her wealth.
A year is soon coming to an end; another with start and that on too will also end soon. Time will pass without our knowledge, if we do not do something with it starting today.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are the giver of life. We thank You for this life You gave us. We also ask You to forgive us for we have wasted most of this precious life fruitlessly. Lord, help us starting today that we look seriously at life and its purpose. Help us that we increase our spiritual wealth; wealth which is permanent...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Genesis 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
39 And Aaron was an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.
7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.
18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
19 And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
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