Do not be scared by the title of this piece especially if you are not Mathematics inclined. It only relates to the unavoidable truth of life.
Now, a few questions for you:
Do you know your date of birth? Do you celebrate it at all? What is your normal reaction on such a day? Rejoicing?
In most cases, increase in years people have lived on the earth is worth celebrating. As a year is added, they are happy!
There is a normally forgotten part of that addition, it is the decrease.
Moses has this to say, ” The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away,”
Whether you rely on the personal experience of Moses as stated above or God’s declaration of one hundred and twenty years (Genesis 6:3), one common thing is “it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”!
As each day or year is added to those you have lived, the same is deducted from those days/years that are left for you to live.
Reason: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior , the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Therefore, as you are rejoicing over the increase in your number of days/years on earth, you must “rejoice” over the decrease in the number that remains for you to live.
Is this a bitter pill for you to swallow? It must not be so!
The Psalmist says, “So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
it is only those who have gained a heart of wisdom that will answer the question, “…when shall I also provide for my own house (in heaven).”
Your answer to the above poser will then be an evidence that you are (or you are not) longer a man who “Aliens have devoured his strength,
But he does not know it.
Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him,
Yet he does not know it.”
It should now be clear to you that your years of pilgrimage on the earth is reducing each passing day and you are going to the place where you rightly belong, Heaven. How well prepared are you?
Do not be caught unawares, eliminate all aliens (evil deeds) devouring your strength.