We are all born weak and helpless. All lead the same short, troubled life. We grow and wither as quickly as flowers; we disappear like shadows.” (Job 14:1–2, GNB)

It’s important to remember when reading Job, that both Job and his friends were not speaking God’s words and God’s truths; they were speaking their own opinions and beliefs about God and his character.  Sometimes they got it right, sometimes they got it wrong.  Here Job gets it right.

Job, in the midst of his pain, reflects back on his own life and calls it a short, troubled one.  It’s funny, but the longer one lives, the better one understands what Job means here.  One of the elders at our church passed away this last week, he was 90 years old.  When we went to see him shortly before he passed away, we were both commenting about the brevity of life.

Do you think that 90 years is a long time to live?  Wait until you get there.  It is very short.

Moses understood.  He writes:

Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You. Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (Psalm 90:10–12, HCSB)

Number your days, dear reader, and do not waste them.  You will not have many more.

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