Psalm 90 records the prayer of Moses, whom I often relate to… a stutterer, an angry man who needed 40 years in the wilderness to learn humility. The only difference is that even after 50 years, I am still struggling to be what God wants me to be, and to do what He calls me to do.
In v. 10, Moses shares a poignant truth. He says, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
At a glance, I am saddened because there is a part of me deep inside that wants to live, and to live long. Right away I’m confronted with a question, “Why?” “Why do I want to live long?” I know that it shouldn’t be because we want to possess more, experience more beauty & pleasures of this world or to build our own towers of Babel for none of these can break away from this world into eternity.
Then why do I want to live long?
As for me, it is because I haven’t done enough for the Lord or for my fellowmen who are lost. I certainly haven’t forgiven enough or loved enough. I pray daily that I may be a better husband, father, ambassador for Christ, but often my fears, pride & selfishness claim the best of me. It doesn’t take a lot to see that these years we have are the only opportunity we have to alter the trajectory of people’s lives including our own.
The length of our days isn’t as important as how our lives will be characterized before the Author of life.
To this end, we must first remove all distractions, then we must strive each day to love unconditionally, obey courageously, and give ourselves sacrificially. This I hope for myself, for my family & for you…
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-20).”