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Daily Bread

But a Breath

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But a Breath

My hope is in you. — Psalm 39:7

Bobby’s sudden death brought home to me the stark reality of death and the brevity of life. My childhood friend was only twenty-four when a tragic accident on an icy road claimed her life. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, she had recently seemed to be moving forward. Just a new believer in Jesus, how could her life end so soon?

Sometimes life seems far too short and full of sorrow. In Psalm 39 the psalmist David bemoans his own suffering and exclaims: “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure” (vv 4-5). Life is short. Even if we live to see a century, our earthly life is but a drop in all of time.

And yet, with David, we can say, “My hope is in [the Lord]” (v. 7). We can trust that our lives do have meaning. Though our bodies waste away, as believers we have confidence that “inwardly we are being renewed day by day” — and one day we’ll enjoy eternal life with Him (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1). We know this because God “has given us the Spirit . . . guaranteeing what is to come”! (5:5). — Alyson Kieda

 

 

How  is  it  comforting  to  know  that  God  has  made  it  possible  for  you   to  share  in  His  eternal  life?  How  can  the  gift  of  each  moment   encourage  you  to  make  the  most  of  your  time?

Thank You, Lord, that this life is not all there is! You have eternity in store for all who believe in You. Help us to spend our numbered days here in service to You.

GOD
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