The Length of a Man’s Days

Even though the event took place over nine years ago, America and other countries around the world are still awestruck at the events of 11 September 2001, by far the worst terrorist attack that America has seen in its existence. It is now evident that well over 6,000 people lost their lives in this horrific attack.

Those 6,000 people most probably woke up on that Tuesday morning expecting nothing out of the ordinary. Some had a plane to catch, and others had work as usual at the World Trade Center despite bleak economic conditions. They most probably ate their breakfast and went to work in a manner almost no different than any other day.

Yet it had been determined by others that their lives were to end that day. They had no idea about the events about to play out in New York and Washington, D.C. Life as usual went completely wrong. What had started as a normal Tuesday ended in disaster.

What can we learn from this event? The lesson that James so clearly articulated in James 4:13-17:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Our lives are as a vapor, and we know not the hour or the time at which it will end. We do not know, like those 6,000 did not know, at what point we will have to go and meet our Maker. Therefore, we must urge everyone to be always prepared, having the humility of heart to recognize that although you may seem to have control in your life, everything can change in a moment. Please, heed the words of Paul in Acts 17:30-31:

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Make your life right with God today. You may never have another opportunity.

ELDV

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