Daily D – Genesis 25:7-8
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Genesis 25:7, 8
Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death. (NLT)
This is the length of Abraham’s life: 175 years. He took his last breath and died at a good old age, old and contented, and he was gathered to his people. (CSB)
If you live to be one hundred years old, will people say about you what is written about Abraham? Will your life have been both long and satisfying? What will you do between now and your one-hundredth birthday to make your life satisfying to both you and our Father in heaven?
How did Abraham make it to 175? Maybe it was all that walking he did. And remember, he didn’t really get going until he was seventy-five years old (Genesis 12:4). Most of us are younger than that.
However long you live, live well. Since this life we now live is a bit like the kindergarten of eternity, it would be good if we learned how to obey our teacher and get along with others. It would be wise if we learn how to share.
I sat with a man years ago who was the leading citizen of his community. He had always been a man others looked up to because of his character and accomplishments from his youngest days. He passed away a couple of decades ago, but everyone in that town still knows his name.
We sat together that day on the porch of a nursing home. He was uncharacteristically alone. He did not have much to say. His life had been his message. No church in town was large enough to host his funeral. Grown men wept without shame.
Abraham’s life as recorded in Genesis comes with few conversations. We have many more reports of his activity and the results of what he did. Genesis 18:16 and following shows us something of Abraham’s character as he intercedes for Lot and his family in Sodom.
The late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote about this event and wondered what would have happened to the whole world if Noah had prayed like Abraham. What if we lived and prayed like Abraham?
Today is a good day to maximize your life by walking with God and praying about what you see and hear while obeying God’s instructions for what to do in response. If we learn how to do this well, then no matter how old we are when we die, people will be able to say we lived a satisfying life.
I will walk with God and talk with God and follow his directions.
Our Father, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear as I go through this day. What do you want me to see? How do you want me to respond? Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”