I was startled to read that John Lennon, the leader of the Beatles, had died over thirty years ago. We have many documentaries of President Kennedy who was assassinated fifty years ago. Twelve years ago, planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Death has a way of marking the passing of time. It makes you think about all of the things that you intended to do, but just never got around to doing. It helps us redirect our efforts on important instead of frivolous tasks.
In the Bible, David, the king of Israel, wanted the Lord to keep him aware of how transient his stay on earth is so that he would not waste his time with meaningless exercises. While he fought many wars (1 Chronicles 28:3) and was considered a highly effective leader of his time, he too was guilty of the distractions of present day and his short term desires (2 Samuel 11). Eventually, he recognized that our brief earthly existence requires us to focus on what is most important, which is our relationship with God. Although the emergency of the day may take our time and attention, David reminded us to seek, spend time, and focus on the beauty and wonder of God.
While our time flies by, let us remember to keep our focus on the Lord!
Psalm 39:4 New International Version (NIV)
Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 27:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 New International Version (NIV)
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…
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