Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 38:1-39:29 / James 4:1-17 / Proverbs 28:7-17
Approaching 85 years of age, Mrs. Wells finally decided to give up her home in North Carolina and move to Miami. A real estate agent enthusiastically drove her all over Miami, praising every apartment they looked at. “And this one, what a steal,” he said, “the investment of a lifetime. Why, in 10 years it’s gonna be worth 3 times as much!” “Sonny,” interrupted Mrs. Wells, “at my age I don’t even buy green bananas.”
It doesn’t matter if we are 85 or 25…life does not come with guarantees for tomorrow. James writes, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14) Often times the thought of death is far removed from us until death makes its presence known.
Life is frail and unpredictable. We don’t know for sure what will happen 60 minutes from now, let alone 24 hours or 12 months. Yet we presume life will go on as normal and we will have some guarantee of it or control over it. We live in the moment and make plans for today and our tomorrows. Sickness, accidents, natural disasters or disease is not something we plan for... life is exposed as frail and uncertain.
We consider 85 years to be a “long life” and 85 days to be a “short life” but both are short when compared to eternity. Some people live like they are going to live forever giving no thought of eternity. How foolish to place our faith in the certainty of life when it is fleeting and refuse to believe in the eternal. Death is more certain than life and as George Bernard Shaw once said, “The statistics on death are quite impressive…one out of one people die.”
As pride was found in satan’s heart, man follows the same destructive and arrogant pathway in life. Lucifer boasted of being like God and man boasts of not needing God. Both are empty claims that have never been or ever will be accomplished. The only thing they both will be assured of is an eternity of judgment and damnation. There is another destination for those whose lives are hidden with Christ…an eternity with Christ.
Those who have faith in God understand the significance and necessity of life whereas those who dismiss God display an arrogance of life. Believers walk in the knowledge of the uncertainty of life but unbelievers live with a false confidence in life. Those who trust God live in the shadow of His eternal sovereignty while the world lives with the absence of God in their lives. A question we must all consider and answer… What is Your Life?
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!