Summary: If God told you the exact day you were going to die what would you do differently?
Isa 38:4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
What would you do if you knew when you would die? What if God told you 15 or even 5? What significant changes would you make? I had something make think about this since I am soon to be 65 and the average lifespan is 70 to 80 years. That means I have 15 at best if I make the average, but more likely 5 as I have and have had some health issues and some close calls with death from the time I was six.
With that in mind, I am going to try and develop a 5 year plan. Most jobs ask that kind of thing. "Where do you see yourself or where would you like to be in five years?" I would say, at this point, still breathing.
My desire is to be more fruitful in the next five years than I have been in the past 65, which means I have to get very close to God or it will not happen. At this point. I cannot tell you what that fruit or relationship will look like as it will take some time before I see more than a few steps down that road. If God decides to allow me a few more years than the plan will be reviewed at that time.
Not sure that fruit will include anything that will land me on TV or the best seller's list with my biography, but fruit that lasts and is truly profitable may be something not seen that publically. It might be an undercurrent of some sort that will affect the Kingdom without any PR for me at all or not until after my death. That does help keep you humble and God rewards humility more than publicity.
I do expect to see things I have never seen before and receive things that I do not know now. I want to let God be God as He once asked me if I would do that. This may be where my long and wakeful journey begins that was prophesied over my wife and myself. Five years is a long time and if the journey ends for me then, it is well with my soul.
Anyway, prayers are requested. May I be given the wisdom I need to develop the plan and then work the plan. Pray for my wife because she will be a part of the plan and the journey. May she find great joy and peace as we go. Thank you for your friendship and prayers. May God present you with a plan and journey as well!
On average, the overall life expectancy, for someone born in 2015, fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years. The life expectancy for the average American man fell two-tenths of a year — from 76.5 to 76.3. For women, it dropped one-tenth — from 81.3 to 81.2 years.