“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. —Psalm 39:4-7

Have you seen your life’s end? What will happen? I have visited my elderly neighbor in the hospital a few times over the past week or so. We used to have coffee and talk on a regular basis. The first time I visited him in the hospital we did have coffee together and talked awhile. The last visits I have been the only one talking. Last night when I saw him he did not even look like the same man. Death is close…

It is my hope that when my 87 year old neighbor prayed to trust in Jesus a short time ago that he was sincere. He said he was. The number of our days is really short when we stop and ponder them. Surely they are fleeting! Life is a handbreadth. A handbreadth is the width of your palm—2 ½ to 4 inches… Look at your palm. That is how quickly your life passes. Before the eternal God our life is as nothing. It is as nothing when you compare it to eternity. We are like a breath. Go ahead, breathe in and now breathe out. That is the length of your life.

Now if this life was it for those who have trusted Jesus then we surely would be “of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (I Corinthians 15:19) and our hope is in Him “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself” (II Corinthians 4:14). But in the meantime let us “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5) that they may come to Jesus also. May this be so with the short time we have.

Dear Father, be please to work though my remaining days to encourage others toward Jesus. There is nothing more important than this. Yes, be pleased to draw many others to Yourself through me for Your honor and glory. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.

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