Fifteen years is a little more than a third of my life to date. Human beings go through a myriad of change over a decade and a half. However, how would you respond if God promised you something and you didn’t receive this until fifteen years later. The anticipation to see this fulfilled would be grueling. The average person might become frustrated, impatient or may even lose hope. The passage below written by David details his long wait between being anointed by Samuel as king and actually becoming king of Israel more than fifteen years later. This nerve wrecking period brought David to his knees to pray.
My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! – Psalm 31:15
When it comes to driving a car, some possess the mindset “ride it until it dies.” The only lemon I ever brought lasted a few months. After a small leak in one of my hoses spilled on to the engine, this vehicle was toast, abandoned at a gas station in New Jersey. Meanwhile, sometimes you are fortunate to possess a car that lasts much longer than it should. Despite nearing the 200,000 mile mark, my Pontiac Vibe keeps ticking, approaching it’s fifteenth birthday. Nonetheless, I don’t know how long this car is going to last.
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night, Psalm 90:4.
In the passage above, a Psalmist makes an interesting statement about life. This individual received some sort a vision of the past, connecting it with the future. Unfortunately, most people place so much emphasis on time that they lose sight of the present. While it would be nice to have knowledge of the future, savoring the here and now is a more noble cause. Therefore, don’t allow anticipation to spoil your mood. Rather, take life one day at a time so that wondering how long life is going to last doesn’t steal your hope, joy and peace.
by Jay Mankus