Psalm 90, verse 10 states:
“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.”
Lately, I’ve spent some of my nearly eighty years thinking there are an awful lot of people who are doing an awful lot of things for which they are going to be spending an awful lot of their seventy or perhaps eighty years in deep sorrow. And for what? To prove their blood pressure’s higher so they can help cause a rise in the other guy’s? Well, now, that makes perfectly good sense doesn’t it? By doing so, perhaps those extra years can be diminished to the lesser numbers, too. And if those who are so quick to judge their fellow humans, think life on this earth is so bad,, meaning this having to get along with people stuff, what a surprise eternity will be, because there will be an eternity, and it is going to be a whole lot longer, and for these, more trying, than seventy to eighty years earthbound.
“What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” is generally thought of in relation to things financial/material; however, there is no difference if mankind’s soul is lost in gaining his/her own way instead. Determining it of prime importance to get and have one’s own way is placing that above God. Somewhere along the way the understanding has been lost or forgotten that how we treat others is the very same as if we were doing/saying the exact things right up in the face of Jesus. I am asking you: is that really how you want to spend your seventy or eighty years? From this side of that number of years, just let me tell you, life isn’t really all that long, but eternity is another story.
You may think all of this commentary is “small potatoes”, but I caution you to consider what Jesus said about having faith the size of a mustard seed. Surely you want to claim that, to reap the benefits, yet you also want to have your own way? All I can tell you is, if you want a crop of corn, and you plant tiny lettuce seeds you can believe all you want, but God is not going to bless you with a hardy crop of corn stalks! You reap what you sow; if you don’t follow His way, you reap the consequences. If you choose other than God’s Way, please don’t choose to blame Him.
July 20, 2016