GOD’S WILL TO GIVE YOU LONG LIFE
Do you know that it is “God’s Will To Give You Long Life” with no added sorrow to your years on earth?
I used to give a lot of thoughts to this question and meditate on one scripture that says that our years are limited to 70 or 80 found in Psalms 90:10 which reads as follows:
“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away”
In this scripture we are told that our years are limited to 70 years and for those who live to 80 years, the extra 10 years will still have much labour and sorrow. The ERV version translates it like this:
“We live about 70 years or, if we are strong, 80 years. But most of them are filled with hard work and pain. Then, suddenly, the years are gone, and we fly away”
The scripture in Psalms 90:10 does not really give believers much optimization to live to old age, isn’t it? It would seem that together with long life, believers can expect to experience hard work and pain.
One question we may ask is this:
“Does living a long life really gives us hardship and pain?
Are there scriptures to show otherwise?”
At the beginning of time men lived to great old age but because of their wickedness, their age was drastically cut down. One of the oldest men was Noah who lived up to a a great old age but after that (after the flood) their age was reduced to 120. In Genesis 6:3 we read the reason for the reduction of age to 120.
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”
This scripture refers to the time when the population of mankind began to increase and multiply greatly. At the same time wickedness too increased and multiplied to the extent that God was grieved and made a decision to destroy all mankind except Noah and his family. Noah died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, diminishes thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years during the time of Moses.
In Deuteronomy 34:7 we read that Moses lived up to 120 years. Here’s the scripture text:
“Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated”,
In this scripture, we see a promise that even in old age, believers can still enjoy good health, having good eyesight and strength.
Now the Bible has one amazing scripture in Psalms 91:16) which seems to suggest that God’s people can expect to live older than 70 or 80 years of age. It seems to suggest that God will extend the age if there is good reason to do so. Here let me say that one of the principal teaching of the Bible is that “God loves righteousness and hates wickedness”. The righteous is always blessed and will flourish (Psalms 92:12 – “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon”).
So when believers walk in obedience to His commandments, He can expect to live long. The principle is that wickedness always shorten a person’s life. Now let read this promise of God found in Psalms 91:16:
“With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (KJV)
Another translation reads like this:
“I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save”
Praise the God for this promise. Clearly it means that when we want to live longer to serve Him, God can increase our age so that more can be done. Needless to say the extended years are given for the completion of His plans and purposes assigned to believers.
Another equally awesome scripture is found in Proverbs 10:22
“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it”.
And yes, we now have the scriptures to say that it is “God’s Will to give believers long life with no sorrow added to it”
Now let’s read the scripture in the New Testament in Ephesians 6:1-3
Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do. 2 The command says, “You must respect your father and mother.” This is the first command that has a promise with it. 3 And this is the promise: “Then all will go well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
So brethren meditate on the scriptures referred to above and let your hearts be at rest knowing that it is God’s will to bless you with long life with no sorrow added to it.