Show me, oh Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere hand breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Psalm 39:4-5
What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? At times I can look back at my life and see wonderful things that I did to help and serve others. I can remember exciting adventures to new places and learning and teaching great truths of the Bible. And yet I also can look back at my life and see selfish days of immature pouting, dissatisfaction, and long hours spent pursuing my own entertainment.
Do the good days outweigh the bad? I don’t think so. Thank the Lord, we are saved by grace and faith in Jesus alone, and not by any good deeds we think we may have done.
However, we still desire purpose and meaning in our lives. If our time is short, which we all know it is, living our life for God is what satisfies our souls and gives us hope and joy in a struggling world.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks; What is the chief end of man? And then answers; To glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
Our life is but a breath, so live it well. Let your numbered days count for God’s kingdom. It is our privilege to glorify God and our blessing to enjoy Him forever.
Prayer: Our Father, help us be mindful of our days. Guide us to live with purpose and to embrace the abundant life you have given us through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.