3Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Call of God
In this beautiful psalm by Moses, we, the children of men, are urged to respond to the call of God. While we are so engrossed in the affairs of this life, God is calling us to return to Him.
What is our life but just a few fleeting years in the eyes of God? While we cannot even fathom living a life of a thousand years, we are reminded that, to God, a thousand years in His sight are but as yesterday to us. What then is our life? It is like the grass which flourishes in the morning, but by evening is cut down and left to wither and die.
As Christians what should our response be to such thoughts as these? As we consider the brevity of our lives, let us spend these few short years devoted to God rather than to the things of this world. For though our years on this earth are short, eternity lies before us, stretching out as far as the eye can see and beyond. Should we then let these few short years dominate our lives, or should we invest our years in the eternity which follows?
It is interesting to note these thoughts of Moses, who from our perspective lived a long life. Yet, in a sense, his life hardly began until he was 80 years old. For the first 80 years of his life he lived, first in the courts of Pharoah, and then in the plains of Midian. Called by God from the middle of a burning bush, at 80, Moses began a fruitful life shepherding the children of Israel into the promised land. Even in his time, 80 would have been considered past the age of retirement! Yet for 40 more years, Moses would be used mightily by God.
No matter what our age may be, we are never too old (or even too young, for that matter) to invest all of our thoughts and energies into responding to the call of God. First, let us look inward and examine our likes and dislikes as well as our strengths and weaknesses. Then, as we consider these things, let us look outward, praying that God would reveal His plans for us. How is God shaping and molding us? What doors is He opening or closing?
God has a plan for each and every one of His children. No matter what our age or abilities may be, as long as we are alive, He has a plan for us. Let us, then, respond to the call of God, for in our service to Him we will find peace, joy, happiness, and contentment. These are, indeed, characteristics we cannot gain by immersing ourselves in the cares of this world, but are, rather, gifts from God.
Pray that God would reveal His will to you, and that you would respond your own, personal call of God.
God Bless You,