It was a nurse who said “I’ve seen plenty of deaths in my line of work. But this is too much. I’m just tired of constantly seeing death every day.” If anything, this pandemic season has shown us the brevity of life. Our values seem to have changed (for a while, at least).
In the midst of struggling with his enemies, David thought about the short span of his life.
“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am. Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!” (Psalm 39:4-6)
Without this understanding, we’ll think too highly of life here on this earth. When we give so much value to the things of this physical life, they seem to get inflated.
But if we can remind ourselves of the brevity of life, this life will be set within an eternal perspective. In that perspective, the value of things gets re-assessed.
What others think of us will matter less than what God thinks. The “losses” we incur get re-calculated into a new set of values. The investments we make here will get re-assessed. Basically everything gets evaluated with a different set of values when you consider the permanency of eternity and the brevity of this life.
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