By: Paula Kerr
ADAPT Contributing Writer
Job 14:1-2…“Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.”
We are reminded every day that for each of us, our days are numbered. According to Psalm 90:10 “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away..” No one truly knows how long he or she will live on this earth (or in this lifetime), but we all know with absolute certainty that ready or not, one day we will face death, or more importantly, stand before God.
Michael Jackson might have perceived that he probably would die at a very young age, though he was not certain at what age…only God kept that timetable. Oh yes, it appeared that Michael had a different perception about his future (or destiny) when he announced his “This is It” tour not too long before his untimely (or timely?) death, stressing that this [tour] will be the “final curtain!” Indeed it was, because on June 25, 2009 Michael Joseph Jackson met his destiny – one would say, very suddenly!
Did Michael live a full life? No one really knows the answer to this question, but some would argue that he had a lot more to offer society – and his fans at large. As I ponder Michael’s sudden death, I am reminded of the story in the book of Luke about Jesus’ conversation with the rich young ruler, whom Jesus referred to as a “fool” because he had built his empire, but still was not satisfied. He was looking to build bigger and better barns to store his goods. But, Jesus told him, “…This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” Michael was planning for his “comeback” tour to be bigger than ever, but now, as the world mourns Michael’s passing, we should be reminded that we are dying creatures, all our comforts in the world are dying comforts, but God is an ever-living God.
In Psalm 90:12, Moses prays to God that He “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Moses was well aware of the temporal nature of life on this earth! Nowadays we live life as though it is not going to end, we live it as clinging to the physical things placing the spiritual aspects far from our minds, but no matter what life is like the flower that blooms for a while then fades away.
We can only hope and pray that Michael Jackson had a chance – even if just one moment – to make peace with God, his Creator. But whether or not that is the case, our hope is that you ensure your future in Heaven is secured.
You see, a man’s life is very short. In fact, we are never promised a certain number of days or years to live upon this earth but, having God as your true dwelling place you can be happy in this short and difficult life, and you can be assured of a place in God’s Kingdom.
Paula Kerr is a writer and minister of Faith Harvest Worship Center in Kissimmee, FL. She’s also Allysen’s mom ^_^
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