The Bible says, "The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away." (Psalm 90:10 , ESV)
Of course, this is not to be interpreted as a guarantee that we will all live to age 70 or 80. However, the average life expectancy, as of 2005, was 77.6.
So let's say that we possibly live to be 80. The Bible then has this to say, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12 ,(ESV). While the word "number" means more than to just count the days, how sobering would it be if we did number our days?
For example; let's say that you live to 80 years of age. Consider the following:
If you're 16, you have 23,360 days left.
21, you have 21,535 days left.
30, you have 18,250 days left.
40, you have 14,600 days left.
50, you have 10,950 days left.
60, you have 7,300 days left.
70, you have 3,650 days left.
75, you have 1,825 days left.
So with limited, ever-decreasing days to live, the question is how will we live them? Will we live them wisely or foolishly? We would do well to come to the conclusion the biblical writer came to when he said, "The conclusion, when all has been heard, IS: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person." (Eccl 12:13).
Pastor Van Morris