The Brevity Of Life
one that I know enjoys thinking about physical death. I suppose that we generally push the thought
to a deep corner of our minds, so that we just don’t have to deal with the
issue. In one sense, this is not a bad
thing, for if we are faithful Christians, then “to live is Christ” (Philippians
rightly stated, “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of
strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone,
and we fly away” (Psalms 90:10). We are
each given a finite period in which we may live on this earth. We were never meant to live eternally in this
land. Then, after this life, we have
been appointed to face a final judgment (Hebrews
is folly for us to expect to have any definite amount of time here, for we do
not know what even the next moment holds.
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time
and then vanishes.” So, we ought to live
our lives with the attitude that, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this
or that” (James
Knowing how unsure life is, it is so unwise to place hope and trust in anything in this world. We must be careful that we “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt 6:19-20). It is only when we do this that we can have a lasting hope.
Christians can take comfort in these words: “…Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on…that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" (Revelation 14:13). But, if you are without Christ, then death for you is a thing to be greatly feared.