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Life on Earth Is Very Short

May 29, 2020

With the Lord… a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Do the math—Abraham was born on Monday. King David was born on Tuesday. Jesus was born on Wednesday. The middle ages flashed by yesterday, and our generation will have passed before this morning is over. Another 30 generations will have passed by tomorrow morning.

By God’s scale, 70 years pass by every 100 minutes. So, imagine a person who does not believe in or obey God. He is making his mark in the world, but God looks down and says, “He’ll be gone in 90 minutes.” God says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (Jas. 4:14 NIV).

When we get anxious about the state of the world, let’s remember that to the Almighty, the whole of human history is very short. So, when “the kings of the earth take their stand… against the Lord and against his anointed One… the Lord scoffs at them” (Psa. 2:2, 4 NIV). He is not worried about his enemies, so you don’t need to worry about them either.

This cuts the root of our self-importance. Your life on earth is very short, so what really matters? You might think that what matters is your education, your career, your opportunities, your investments, your health, your travel, and your quality of life. But, as far as God is concerned, all of us will be in His presence in less than 90 minutes.

Once you see that, you will have a very different idea of what matters: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psa. 90:12 NIV).

Ask God to give you the wisdom to see what really matters.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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