TOPIC: Transient Life (DCLM Daily Manna 9 June 2021)
TEXT: Job 14:14-22
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
KEY VERSE: “For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?” – (Job 14:16)
A lot of people spend their life as if it would not be accounted for. There are a number of things that should be noted about life. Life could be very good or very unpleasant, sweet or bitter, joyful or full of challenges, filled with opportunities or deprivations and so on. However, life is brief, momentous and transient. Life itself is a loan or an investment that we have to pay back or account for.
In the passage under consideration, Job mused, “if a man die, shall he live again?” Pondering over afterlife is the most important thing in life; and living our life in the light of eternity is the wisest decision ever. Job decided to stand up to the challenge of life and the way he chose to do that was to respond to God’s call and yield to His entreaties. His reasoning was premised on very rational grounds: God watches over every man’s acts, all iniquities are in God’s records.
Many forget God or treat Him as minor in their life whilst in riches and pleasures in this world. ‘God first’ should be the daily thought of every believer. Life is short and limited. God is going to judge every man’s act. The judgment is not going to be on our earthly acquisitions or deprivations but on our relationship with God who loaned our life to us.
What then should be our mindset? Like Job, we should desire a heart-change and respond to God’s call; sinners should genuinely repent and believers should press to a mark of a higher calling in the Lord. Only what is done with God and for God will last. Do not live only for now; live for the future, live in the light of eternity.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Who are you spending your life for? God or self?
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 11-12
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.