For What is Your Life?

Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever… – Psalm 49:11

How many live as if their tenant rights of this mortal life, and all its goods, were a fixed tenure and entailed upon themselves irrespective of assigns, or heirs, or superior lord of the manor or freeholder of the soil. “Their inward thought is that their houses shall continue forever and their dwelling places to all generations. They call their lands after their own names.” To such people as these, the words of the apostle James are very applicable, “Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such-and-such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Yet how often we fall into the same error! Have not some of you, my friends, been laying out your plans for months and even years to come? You have considered where you will spend the summer and where you will live when you retire from your business. Ah, boast not yourselves of tomorrow, much less of summer or of autumn, for you know not what a day, or even an hour, may bring forth. O man of dying woman born, ask of God to give you day by day your daily bread and let your living and your planning be after the fashion of day by day, for when you begin to reckon for far-off time, it looks as if you had never prayed, “So teach me to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto wisdom.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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