"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit", whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the LORD wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15, NKJV)
"And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul shall be required of you, then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So it is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich before God." (Luke 12:19-21, NKJV)
It wasn't so long ago that most of us were healthy, thinner, more alert, and were willing to do adventurous things. We figured that life was pretty good and that we had plenty of time to achieve our goals and live a long and prosperous life. Then, the reality of passing time makes us think of our mortality and the Scriptures quoted above, among others. Life is short and we're going to be dead a lot longer than we'll be alive, and we might ask ourselves if we have anything to show for what we've done so far. The Scriptures tell us about the absolute fact of the brevity of life and how we are to face this certainty.
1) Wicked humanity was cut short by the sovereign act of God with the worldwide deluge that spared no one but Noah and his family along with the animals that boarded the ark (Genesis 6-8).
2) Jacob the Patriarch lamented about the direction his life had taken in the past, telling the Pharoah of Egypt about how quickly everything had happened that brought him to this point in his old age (Genesis 47:9)
3) One of King David's contemporaries lamented that life was like a shadow as a reflection of the sun, here one minute and then gone (1 Chronicles 29: 10-15)
4) Life goes by like a messenger hurrying to a place to present news and information (Job 9:25; 14:2; 38:21)
5) Life seems to be no longer than the span of one's hand. While it varies in length, there comes an end eventually. (Psalm 39:5; 89:47; 90:9; 102:3)
6) Life's journey is swifter than the weaver of fabric operating his loom. The threads come together quickly and without error. Our lives should have order , and most importantly, a living, true rleationship with the Sovereign LORD (Job 38:12).
We are not the masters of our fate or the captain of our soul, unlike what the author of the self-centered poem "Invictus" claimed to present. We have no guarantee of the next day or the rest of the day for that matter. The very breath we take is only by the grace and mercy of God Himself. Some of you who are reading this will not live through this year, and age and health are no deciding factor. As a former hosptial chaplain, I saw a lot of young, healthy people wind up in the morgue. They had no idea that this would be their last day and many were unprepared for eternity and the sure judgment of God. You need to open your eyes and realize that one day, whether you believe it or not, you will stand before God to give an accounting of your life, and if you have no saving realtionship with the Lord Jesus Christ, hell and all its terrors will be waiting, and there will be no second chance to make things right. Scripture tells us that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). The best resolution that you can make for this upcoming year of 2020 is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Don''t wait or make excuses. Let 2020 be the year that you have assurance that you will be right with God and have the peace within you that passes all understanding. Start reading the Bible and live by its teachings. I recommend that you start with the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, and let God lead you. Contact me at: email@example.com if you need prayer or counsel. God bless you this coming year.