Genesis 47:9 Few And Difficult Years

Hourglass

And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Genesis 47:9

At times, living life can seem to be a long time. This becomes especially true when one is going through difficult times. The more difficult the time, the longer the time. Time will feel as though it has slowed down or even stopped altogether.

When things are going good, time seems to speed up and go super fast. It appears as if there is not enough time to do all the fun things that a person wants to do or has started to do. Yet, in reality, time is the same for every person and is neither faster nor slower at any time during one’s life.

These feelings are no different for believers. They have the same challenge of feeling how fast or slow time seems to go.

Many believers think that the Old or New Testament saints always had it easy and things went great for them all the time. Jacob had told Pharaoh that his years had been few and difficult. It had not been an easy road for him. Paul went through struggle after struggle as he lived on this earth. Jesus was persecuted and finally killed in less than 40 years.

Jesus promised hard times would come in a person’s life, but He also promised that He would be with the person through it all. Jacob did not complain about his struggles, but just made it a statement that he had them.

Regardless of whether a person lives to be one hundred and forty or only until he is forty, his life is short. It is short compared to all eternity. The question is what a person will do with those few and difficult years.

You may be going through difficult times, that seems to last forever. It is not lasting forever, it is only a short time in light of all eternity.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and live for God during the difficult times. Trust that He knows what He is allowing in your life. Do what you can for God, while you have life on this earth. It is only a short time, a vapor and it will be over and eternity will begin.

What are you doing with your short, few and difficult years on this earth for God?

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God at all times; that you will dedicate your life to God; and that God will help you see how short life really is.

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Revelation 11:15 Jesus Will Reign

 

Trumpets in heaven

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

When a person looks out upon this world, it does not look as though God is winning the battle against sin as a whole. Sin appears to be getting greater and greater. It appears as though fewer and fewer people are becoming followers of Jesus. Persecution against those who follow Jesus is getting greater and greater. Promotion of sinful acts appears to be more common and acceptable.

Along with the world appearing to be worse, the church appears to be getting worse. Groups of ‘believers’ are accepting sinful acts and lifestyles as being acceptable in God’s eyes. Leaders in churches are promoting sin in the name of love.

True believers may often wonder why God is allowing all of this to happen. Some may wonder if He will win in the end.

All one needs to do is read the end of the story that is told in the bible. In the end God does pour out His great wrath upon the earth and all mankind. A lot of destruction occurs. As it comes to an end, all of heaven is shouting that the kingdom of this world now belongs to God and Jesus. Jesus will reign forever and ever.

At this time, God is being patient with mankind. He is giving everyone a chance to follow Jesus. He does not want anyone to be destroyed. Yet, that will not last forever. Those who do not follow Jesus will be destroyed in the end, and God will reign.

God is in control. He needs to be allowed to be in control of the individual’s life, so that one will not be destroyed in the end.

Focus your eyes and life upon Jesus. Serve Him with all that you are. As you serve Him, trust that He is in control and will reign in the end. Jesus is the highest king that ever was and ever will be.

Allow Jesus to reign in your life today, so that in the end you will not be destroyed. You will see difficulties and troubles, but God will bring you through to the end, because He is King. Trust His reign in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust that God is in control; that you will know Jesus will reign in the end; and that you will not fear what God is allowing in your life today. 

2 Peter 3:11 How To Really Live Life

 

Destroyed world

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

All over the world there is violence and destruction occurring. Much of that destruction is at the hands of people towards other people. The violence level is always increasing, making this world a dangerous place to live. Violence is a common sight for many people.

Along with the violence, there is the destruction of this world occurring. People are always talking about extinction of animals and plants, earthquakes, fires, and other destructive forces in this world. Blame is placed up people that the earth is falling apart.

There is great fear that the world will freeze, or overheat because of pollution. Good water is scarce in parts of the world and blame is put on people.

These things are happening because people are told that they can live however they want to live. There are no set standards on how to live life. A person can choose how he wants to live by his own personal beliefs and standards. This causes chaos and destruction in the end.

While the world has a reason to have some fear, because God has said that this world will be destroyed in the end, believers do not need to fear. They are told how to live their lives so that they will have no fear. Believers are to live a holy and godly life.

A holy life is one that is filled with love, mercy and grace. It will not seek to harm anyone or anything in any way. It is focused on loving God and loving people. He will speak truth in love, act in love and bring honor to God. He will not fear the coming destruction of this world, because he knows that his home will be in heaven some day when this world will be destroyed.

As a believer, are you fearing the destruction of this world? Focus your eyes and life on God. Live as Jesus lived and do not fear it. You have a home waiting for you in heaven for all eternity.

Live your life the way God has intended you to live it, holy and godly. Bring honor to God. In this way you will bring some peace on this earth and love will be shown. The reward will be eternal life in the end.

I pray today that you will know the life God has called you to live; that your life will be like that of Jesus; that you will turn from all sin and turn to Jesus; that you will not fear the coming destruction; and that God will guide you in living for Him.

1 Timothy 4:8 Valuable Training

 

Exercising man

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.

While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.

Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.

Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.

When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.

Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.

While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.

Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.

What are you training for today?

I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God. 

Romans 8:18 Greater Things To Come

Future Hope

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.

Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.

Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.

When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.

Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.

Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.

There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes  the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.

The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.

While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.

Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!

I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering. 

Seeing Through A Fog

Foggy Road

A few days ago I had to drive a several hour drive to Dallas. On the way there the weather was cloudy with some drizzling rain. At a few points on the road, there was some heavy fog. It brought visibility down a lot. I could only see about 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile ahead, and that was seeing other vehicles with their lights on. If they did not have their lights on, it was a lot shorter distance of seeing anything.

Driving in that type of fog is not always the safest thing to do. The traffic did slow down to about 60, on a 75 mph road. Most people were wise enough to have their headlights on, though some did not.

As I drove through the fog, I had to keep my eyes focused ahead for the traffic. The good part was that the highway was a divided highway, thus I did not have to worry at all about any on-coming traffic. I did have to be ready to slow down quickly, when I approached another vehicle that was going much slower than I was. I even had some vehicles that passed by my going much faster than I was willing to drive in that fog.

While driving through that fog, it made me think of the verse, in the KJV:

1 Corinthians 13:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Or in the NIV:

1 Corinthians 13:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13_12

Seeing through a glass or a reflection in a mirror is not always very clear, just like seeing through the fog. In this verse it is talking about fully knowing God. Right now we look at the Bible and see a picture of God or at creation and see some of the attributes of God, but we cannot see Him clearly.

However, what made me think of this verse with the fog, was looking at the life we live here on this earth. As we travel the roads of life there are times it is nice and clear with the sun shining bright. It appears as though we can see several miles down the road. We can see everyone around us and any dangers that may be up ahead.

This is the type of life everyone wants. A smooth traveling, straight path, with no danger in sight. Even though this type of path may happen in our lives at times and it may happen for a few days, weeks, or maybe even months, it does not stay that way all the time.

Rough Road

There always comes times of rough roads and times where it is difficult to see the path ahead. Sudden sickness, job loss, break downs, disasters, and the list goes on, come into our lives. As we are going through the tough time, we often cannot see the end of the road. We cannot see what is coming up ahead. It is as though we are looking through a dark glass, or traveling through the fog.

When I drove through the fog, I did not know how long or far it would last. I only knew that there was fog and I had to keep going forward. I also knew that the fog would come to an end eventually.

Life works the same way. We don’t always know what is coming up ahead. Sometimes it is full of fog and hidden from view and can be a little scary.

The important thing to remember is that God is in control of your future and path. He is guiding your every step.

Psalm 37:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;

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Just as with driving down the road in the fog, one must keep an eye on the white line on the side and the yellow lines in the middle to guide his path, you must also keep your eyes on God and His path for you.

2 Timothy 1_7

 

God does not want you to be afraid of the road in front of you. He has given you everything you need to keep moving forward on the path He has for you. That path will ultimately take you to heaven to be with Him for all eternity. At that point the path will be lit up brightly for all eternity, there will be no more sorrow, pain or suffering.

We may not see everything very clearly right now, but we can rest assured that God knows what He is doing. He has your best interest in mind as He allows things to happen in your life.

Sunny Road

Keep driving down the road, though it may be foggy today, it will be sunny in the end.