I’m not feeling rushed or that my time is nearly over but I’m constantly made aware of my finite time here on earth.
Reference: v.18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. (NIV Bible)
Explore: My husband and I have been married for nearly seven years. Even though I got married at the young age of 23, we were still regularly asked that dreaded question, ‘So, are you going to start having children soon?’ We were hardly down the aisle before that question was levelled at us. And yet when I read about the first generations from Adam and Eve it seems that they were in no hurry to start having children. 162, 130, 105, 90 years old before starting the family (well, the family that was recorded). Sure enough these gentlemen did live for over 900 years but 162 is a pretty decent age to start having a family… for our perspective. In today’s world most people would have died childless if they had waited that many years to have children. But clearly time was different back then. God had made humans to live forever, so even living until you were 969 (like Methuselah) was just a short walk in the park compared to forever.
Application: Even at the young age of 30 I feel that time goes by a lot quicker now than when I was a child. I’m not feeling rushed or that my time is nearly over but I’m constantly made aware of my finite time here on earth. While this can cause some people anxiety, it helps me to keep moving on the tasks I would like to achieve and to stay focussed on the things in my life that are important. We rarely know when our time is up and so we must push forward in living every day for God, thus fulfilling our life’s purpose.
Prayer: Lord, our concept of time is so minimal compared to your eternal self. In every moment of every day may we give you the glory that you deserve. Amen.
What are the things you would like to accomplish before you leave this world?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.