O Lord, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever?… REMEMBER HOW SHORT MY LIFE IS… (Psalm 89:46-47 NLT)
Beloved, you’ve just got to laugh when you come across some passages in the Bible. It’s consoling though because it makes one realise that there’s nothing one would ever go through or feel that someone else in the Bible hasn’t passed through or felt before.
REMEMBER HOW SHORT MY LIFE IS… Other translations say…HOW SHORT MY TIME IS…
More like “Lord, in case you haven’t noticed, time is not on my side. I know what You say about patience and all but how long am I to wait? I’m not like You who lives for forever…. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4 NLT) but for me, the clock is ticking so, what are you waiting for?
Beloved, isn’t this what a lot of us are thinking? One of our biggest problem is that we feel time is against us but we must realise that God is the beginning and the end and we fit somewhere in that timeframe. He included you in there for a specific purpose. So, He must know when your life started and surely He knows when it would end. He knows what He promised has to happen within your timeline. You must also know that God never intends to start anything He isn’t intending to finish. Had He not intended to complete it, He won’t have started it so why are you stressing?
Caleb is a good example. He said to Joshua; “You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me… I was FORTY YEARS OLD when Moses…sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land… Now look at me: GOD HAS KEPT ME ALIVE, as He promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses…AND HERE I AM TODAY, EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS OLD! I’M AS STRONG AS I WAS THE DAY MOSES SENT ME OUT. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me… IF GOD GOES WITH ME, I will drive them out, JUST AS GOD SAID.” (Joshua 14:7-12 MSG)
Beloved, Caleb was totally reliant on the God that made the promise. Whether he was 40 or 85 was irrelevant. It was all about “GOD HAS KEPT ME ALIVE… IF GOD GOES WITH ME… JUST AS GOD SAID…”
Beloved, in Abraham and Sarah’s case… the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?… (Genesis 18:13-14 NIV)
Please know that God is not on your clock. Rather, you are on His clock. He is the One that has plans for you and so you must know that… He who has begun a good work in you will complete it… (Philippians 1:6)