Sunday, May 21, 2017

Daily Devotion: No Power Over Death

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 8:8-13

Key Verse: Verse 8 - “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it."

Key Words: neither hath he power in the day of death

Life is brief and we have no power over the timing of our death.

Some die while sleeping; others die while working; some while driving and others walking. But we have no control over “death.”

But we do have control over how we spend our life.

Tony Evans writes: “The Bible says that a general life expectancy is three score and ten, which is seventy years. It also says, if by reason of strength, four score, which is eighty years. That’s right in the range of the average life expectancy today. Men are expected to live for seventy-three years and women for seventy-nine.

“Here’s a little project to do. If you’re a man, take your age and deduct it from seventy-three. If you’re a woman, take whatever age you are and deduct it from seventy-nine. That will leave you X number of years that you have left. Multiply the number of years times 365 because that tells you how many days you have left on average. Then take some 8-1/2 X 11 sheets of paper and cut them into squares and let them represent your days, which are numbered.

“Every day, take a slip, ball it up, and toss it in the trash can. That little exercise will remind you that your stack is getting shorter. Time is running out. Whatever you plan on doing for the glory of God and the kingdom of God, you need to get around to it. Only one life will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

What to do:
✞ I don’t know when I will die but I do know what I can do today to glorify God.

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