From Daily Guideposts By Carol Knapp

“One day, I looked at my life as though it were a clock face. This imagery awakened in me a rich awareness of the gift of years already lived and the yet-to-be-explored opportunity in the ones left. I am reminded of a favorite Bible verse: “Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life” (Genesis 25:8, NAS).

It’s the “satisfied with life” part—not how long I live—that speaks to me in this passage. How did he come to this fullness of feeling? Abraham endured some hard years. He was asked to leave all that was familiar and trek to an unknown land. He experienced family strife. Yet he kept trust with the God Who first spoke to him saying, “And I will bless you, and make your name great” (Genesis 12:2, NAS).

Moses wrote in Psalm 90 (NAS) about “numbering our days”… paying attention to them, growing and learning from them, making them meaningful for ourselves and others in order to present (literally bring in) to God a heart of wisdom”.

“Both Abraham and Moses were able to meet God at the end of their days, knowing they had lived well the gift of their years…trusting Him, becoming wise in Him, and fulfilling His purpose for them; thus they were satisfied with life.”  They were not satisfied with life because of the wealth and fame they enjoyed; but because in obedience to God….they fulfilled their part in the Kingdom of God which had been appointed for them to do …for “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven…” John 3:29

As we go about our daily living…studying, working; have you been able to identify that which God purposed you to do in advancing the Kingdom of God?  If not, inquire of the LORD.

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