As I get older, it seems that time goes very quickly. One day, I was thinking, perhaps time isn’t speeding up; I am just slowing down as it passes by. As another year goes, and another year comes, I keep thinking this is the fastest year I have ever lived. I am not sure if this perspective will change as I get older. The important concept I am observing is, the Bible declares our days are numbered at 70 years. If we have strength, we may reach the eighties; yet, either way, we are very limited in our lifetime to accomplish anything of substance. This may not be an easy concept for a young person to receive; however, it is the truth nonetheless.
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. Psalms 90:10
When the Lord first spoke to Abraham, he was over 70 years of age and was called to his journey of faith. Abraham was 75 years of age before he actually set out on his journey. At his age, you would think he would have moved with a little more haste so he could receive his inheritance, and even children to leave it with. Of course, when a person is past 70, they do not usually do anything fast. Yet, when the Lord called Abraham, it would be for an impact that would last thousands of years. Abraham’s promise would also guarantee a seed that would continually grow in numbers, status, and impact. This is why the age of his call is so significant. What God wanted to do, for and through Abraham, would only be possible through the power of God—not human effort.
God is Building with Us (and in Spite of Us)!
One day, the Lord came to King David. He had accomplished great things in life, but now he was at the point where he wanted to do something for God in return. His heart was to build a legacy: a dwelling place for God Himself. Since God did not ask him to build him a house, He sent a prophet to tell him to stop what he had set out to accomplish.
I have a son Billy who was a very difficult infant. He was always fussing and my wife was always trying to comfort him. When he got older, we realized he was a fussy person too. As a child, he liked things a certain way. If anything differed from his way, he didn’t like it. At Christmas, you could not surprise him with a gift because if he didn’t ask for it, he didn’t want it. I recall trying to give him gifts that we thought he would enjoy. Problem with my son Billy is, he couldn’t even fake it. If he didn’t want it, he wasn’t about to pretend he did. It wasn’t what he said that communicated how he felt; rather, it was the immediate countenance of his face!
I often think about the faces God might make in different circumstances or situations. David set out with an expectation of what he wanted to accomplish. However, God did not want what David offered and He offered to do something for David instead. God told David that he would build him a house, a seed, a heritage that would come even after His death. We can all see the fulfillment of this in the New Testament, as Jesus Christ is called the Son of David.
Lord, I Surrender!
Oftentimes, we set out in life with an expectation of what we will accomplish. We do this in our Christian life as well. When we come to the end of ourselves, we think, “That’s the end of what can happen in and through my life.” Yet, I hear the Lord saying, “You’ve only just begun if you will just believe!” Abraham “believed God” and it was accounted for him as righteousness. His legacy was not what He accomplished, but what he believed. Abraham was past the age of human accomplishment, and so his only alternative was to trust in God’s ability. Let’s give ourselves more fully to the process of God, and understand His greatest work is being accomplished through us, as we believe in Him!