This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2020 Bible Reading Calendar.
In fact, you have made my days just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor. ~Psalm 39:5
Life is short.
We don’t think much about it when we’re young, when old seems so far away, when we feel invincible, like nothing can touch us. Yet, the older we grow, we begin to realize the brevity of life. Days seem to go by faster. In a blink, you were in high school and now you’re the parent of a high schooler.
The Bible calls life a vapor, especially compared to the timelessness of an eternal God. A vapor–you can think of a cold morning where you let out your breath, a brief cloud forms, and then it fades.
Life is short. We must learn, then, to make the most of our days.
One thing we must keep in mind is even though life on this present earth is short, physical death is not the end of our existence. We have a beginning, but we have no end. Life is short, as some say, but eternity is long. What we do with our today helps determine what will become of our forever.
The way we make the most of our short days is through love.
First, we must embrace the love of God offered us through Jesus. Without Jesus, we stand alone as rebels against God, condemned by his goodness, and far from his joy. Yet, when we receive God’s free offer of love in Jesus, by simple trust, we stand in him as beloved children of God, blessed by his goodness, and flooded with eternal joy. God loves us and offers his eternal love to all who will receive it.
Second, we must respond to love with love. A life found in Jesus is a life meant to love God supremely. We devote ourselves fully to him. We commit to go wherever he leads. Loving God is a grand delight in which we find true, unfading pleasure.
Third, we must love all others. A life found in Jesus is a life meant to love others deeply–our family, our friends, our neighbors, and even our enemies. In love, we happily seek their best. This means that we show them the love that God has for them by telling them of Jesus and by meeting their needs.
When we embrace such a life of love, we will find our days, in the end, not wasted.
Life is short. Love well and make the most of your days.
Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.