Your Days Are Numbered!

Proverbs 3:1-2 says, “1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

Exodus 20:12 says, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

Deuteronomy 32:46-47 says, “46And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 47For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”

I have heard people teach or simply say that everything that takes place in a person’s life is the absolute, divine will of God. Their Calvinistic view allows them to see everything as an act of God, whether it be a a diagnosis of cancer, the loss of a loved one, etc. Whether it be good or bad, they look at it as being part of God’s original plan over their life. Even if they drove 120 mph down the Interstate, the result of them living or dying would be based up whatever God wanted. To me that is foolish thinking and tempting God, and I fail to agree with this viewpoint. I believe that when we pray and seek God, our lives will be lined up with God’s perfect will, but the choices we make can alter our lives. We will bear the consequences of whatever decisions we make, whether that be what God’s plan is for us or the devil’s! God’s will does not happen everyday. If so, the whole world would come to repentance and be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” It is not God’s will for anyone to die lost and spend eternal life in hell, but it happens, although we do our very best to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and win the lost to heaven’s glory. Since the very beginning, He has given mankind to choose for or against Him, and the choices we make is entirely up to us. He will never force anybody to serve Him, but to worship Him is a blessing to go against Him is a curse. I would much rather be blessed and cursed, but it is determined by obedience or disobedience!

God does not handpick who gets to go to heaven or hell before they even live their life, but our choices determine our eternal destination. If it was not so, then the Bible would not say that God is of no respect of persons (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25). He does not examine someone’s background, appearance or age and automatically determine if they have the right to be included in or excluded from heaven’s number. For example, He chose David to be king, not because of his appearance or age, but because of his attitude and character. He was looking at David’s heart! Just like David, everyone has a predestined plan by God for His purpose. It is the reason why He told Jeremiah that before he was ever formed in his mother’s womb that he was known by Him, and he was ordained and sanctified to be a prophet to many nations (Jeremiah 1:5). We all have a purpose and reason for living, but it is up to us to walk in that plan!

Regardless of whether you look at yourself as the best Christian or the worst sinner, your days are numbered. At some point in time, death will be made a reality to us. When you go by any graveyard, you will find people of all ages, from babies and teenagers to 100-year olds. Just as God is of no respect of persons, death is not either. When your number is called, eternity will be waiting. However, according to scripture, your days on earth can either be shortened or prolonged based upon your obedience or disobedience to God and His Word. In fact, the first commandment with promise is honoring your father and mother. When you do that, your days will be long upon their earth. If you walk in rebellion and disobedience, your days will be shortened! When you choose to obey God, your life will be prolonged with life and peace. When you choose to disobey, you days will be shortened! It is is as simple as that. Even at the time that Hezekiah received the word from the prophet of God that he was to get his house in order because his number was being called, he turned his face to the wall and prayed. As a result, God added 15 years to his life, as the prophet Isaiah had to return to him and give him an “updated status.” The way that we choose to live and pray can be the determining factor of living a longer or shorter life, but if I live a longer life, I would rather it be of life and peace than death and destruction! I would rather live for God than the world any day! Choose to walk in God’s plan, and regardless of when death comes knocking on your door, you will be more than ready to step into a new and better life. Live for Him everyday like it will be your last, and you will discover that it will be the best decision you have ever made!