An Appointment with God

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
(Psalm 90:12 NKJV)

It’s hard to explain when someone’s life has been cut short, dying at a relatively young age. We expect that person to live a much longer life. But who is to say that it wasn’t his or her appointed time to go? Who is to say that it wasn’t the exact length of life that God had preordained for that man or woman from the very beginning?

In the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul says of King David: “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers” (Acts 13:36 NIV). David, great a man as he may have been, served his purpose in his own generation, and then was taken off the scene.

The shortcomings of tofu, vitamins, etc.

That is why we want to make every day count. To paraphrase the words of Moses in Psalm 90:12, “Lord, help us to realize our lives can end on any day, so please show me how to use each day wisely.”

We don’t know when our day will come. We don’t know when we will have “served our purpose to our own generation.” When God calls you home, you’re going home! You can live on vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea. You can drink green tea, eat tofu, and avoid all the toxins you can, but when your number is up, your number is up.

God is not done with you yet.

On the other hand, you will be around until God is done with you. You won’t go before your time. You may or may not be the healthiest person, but you will live to the time that God has appointed for you… and worrying about it won’t extend your life for one moment.

At the same time, however, we are not to take foolish risks and “put the Lord to the test.”
We can be assured that we are here until God is done with us. As the apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). So let’s make the most of the lives God has given us.

Missionary Jim Elliot once wrote: “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

7 thoughts on “An Appointment with God”

  1. Anne says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg – I am doing some research for our website and wandered over to your blog – I lost a son at age 6 and brother at 26 and this weekend struggled with the pain. Thank you for reminding me of God’s plan. God Bless you, your family and your church.

  2. Ali says:

    What a great message, unfortunately too many people don’t have this mentality. We can pray that others can find the peace that such a statement can produce in relation to the stress many are faced with in simply living life. In my opinion, death is God’s way of both taking you home and giving you a break from the daily hustle of this earthly life.

    I really enjoyed this post.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Dear Brother Greg; I adore your humor and your passion for spreading God’s Word! You, your family and Harvest are in my prayers. Since health forbids me to attend my home church anymore, my friend and I have been attending the live streaming of the first service for 2 years. I have a need I’m asking for prayer for. (Here’s why, LOL!) I’m angry, frustrated and in pain… please pray for my doctor and me. God is so amazing and the only reason I’m going through storms now is because I keep giving God the praise for all the blessings He gives me, and the devil is mad because I won’t stop praising God to everyone! Thank you in advance for your prayers.

    You know, God healed me many years ago when I WANTED to die and tried to die. Like you said in this blog post, we never know when our time is up. Now I keep thinking if I am dying of bone cancer is it going to be so awful if I die soon? Well, I don’t want to die, but at least if I do soon, I will know it was His plan all along so I don’t need to worry – I’m in His will. And it’s comforting to know Who is in charge…of EVERYthing. God bless you, my brother. See you Sunday.

  4. Anita M. Romero says:

    It has been said, eat to live, not live to eat. I need to be in God’s word daily to be fed spiritually. When I eat to live, I also have to workout to gain the full benefits. So I excercise both food, drink and fitness to the glory of God.
    It is better for me to be here with you all. Besides I need my share of oppession from his holy mountain top. Excellent coming out experience from his mountain.

  5. Rose Kreis says:

    very pertinant

  6. dansmama says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg. I read your Daily Devotion daily, today’s “The Tug of Heaven” -beautiful.I wanted checked your blog and saw another inspirational entry. I have to remind myself often that this world is not our home – we are just passing through. My 20 year old son was taken to heaven suddenly just an hour after your beautiful boy Christopher. Tomorrow is his 22nd birthday. Even though I know his work was done and he is happy, whole and healed – I miss him terribly. He is home and I will see him again. Thank you so much for sharing your heart these last 23 months – you have ministered to me and my family in many ways.

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