1 Kings 2.2 gives us David’s final words to his son Solomon. He begins by saying, bluntly,
“I am about to die.”
Perhaps your Bible says that he was about to go the way of all the earth. Either way, David knew that life here in its current form was finite and had an end. He then spends time giving positive spiritual counsel to his son but soon turns to dark warnings ¹. We’ll look more at the death of David tomorrow, but, for now, David’s acknowledgement that life (as we know it) has an end point.
I think also of the perspective of Job:
“Does not humanity have hard service on earth?
Are not their days also like the days of a hired man?”
Job is feeling like life is hard and that, just as the jobs people are hired to do come to an end, so will his life after much toil. All he can see is his earthly life and the challenges that it brings. J.B. Phillips wrote a book called ‘Your God is too small‘ and, honestly, for most of us the same is true when considering our view of life.
Yes, as David said, we too will go the way of all the earth, but, unlike the perspective of Job, because we are sure and secure in our eternal life (John 3.16) we are able to look beyond the physical and earthly death we all must face.
Think on these passages today and any time the thought of a finite earthly life gets you down and make your view of life bigger;
“…we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
(2 Corinthians 5.8)
“I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.”
“This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.”
(1 John 2.25)
“…the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
¹ – Got Questions