Extending Lives

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 8

Gold Nugget
Verse 11: “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.”

Today’s “gold nugget” says, “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.” Can we really add days and years to our life? If obeying God’s Word will add days and years to our life, can’t we encourage people that are near death to apply this and guarantee them an extension on life? Are our days predetermined by God? I think we tend to complicate things. Let’s put it in terms that we may be less spiritually-minded about. My daughter’s both play basketball. Their playing time in a particular game is directly connected with how well they execute their coaches’ plan. Their start may be determined, but how long they stay in the game is determined by their commitment to following the directions of the coach. When we become Christians, we become players of a team. We can become one of great use to the Master and possibly extend our playing time by how effective we are for Him. 

Paul understood it well, and knew he was more effective for the Kingdom while he remained in this body. Here he writes to the Philippians, "But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith - Philippians 1:22-25
Lord, the main point to remember is how we fit into your plan. Help us to be mindful of what you want to accomplish in and through us. Let it define how we live and possibly how long we stay in the game. Amen

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  1. Good word Steve. I am continuing a series this week on PFM Page concerning Paul's life entitled Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing Your Course With Joy. Thanks for sharing! God Bless.

  2. I see the Lord has kept you busy writing. It's apparent He is with you. Keep letting Him use you. You're getting lots of "playing time". The Coach is glorified through your efforts!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement Steve! God Bless :)