Job 14:5 You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.
God is in control. We will not live a day longer or less than God has determined we will live. This truth should cause us to pause and think.
God does not tell us the date on our death certificate. He withholds from us the details of when and how we will leave this life. Graciously He spares us from the anxieties we would live with if we knew the details. There could be no peace in daily living if all that was on our mind was when and how we would die.
Not knowing the details should inspire us to not waste our time on earth. We are given just so much time on earth to be right with God and prepare for our deaths. Our tomorrow may never come. Each day and moment is a precious gift of God. If we squander it, we will not see God except from afar.
The issue before us today is our readiness to die. Since we don’t know when that will be we must be prepared at all times for our death. It is foolish to think that there is plenty of time left for us to get right with God. It is foolish to think that we can determine when we will turn our lives around and live rightly before God.
God knows when you will die, you don’t. God knows whether or not you will even be able to choose to live for him later in life, you don’t. God alone knows how many more opportunities you have to get it right. Are you ready to die?