How Long Have We Got?

How Long Have We Got?


No. This isn’t a post on prophecy.

Let’s get personal for a moment or two.

If you had the chance to know how long you had left to live on this earth, would you want to know?

Believe it or not, a web site called “Real Age” has put together a calculator that purports to tell us not just the state of our health currently, but what our prospects are for longevity.

You can take the quiz at, the “Real Age” calculator, will not only give you an estimate of the average life expectancy, and your personal life expectancy but it will also tell you just how many days you have left before you meet your Maker.

This feature seems to freak some people out.

The fact that our lives are not an endlessly renewable resource is something most people prefer not to dwell on.

In fact, a decade ago, the U.S. Post Office installed count down clocks that were geared to show how close we were getting to the new millennium.

They eventually had to remove the clocks from the Post Office branches because the employees complained that watching the continual count down of time reminded them of their own mortality!

Did you know that the Bible suggests that keeping a weather eye on the countdown clock of life is a good thing?

Consider this prayer request that Moses presented to the Lord.

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.
Who knows the power of Your anger?
         For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
         That we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:10-12)


Jesus Himself indicated that an “I’ve got all the time in the world” attitude can lead to eternal disaster.

“The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)


I said at the opening of this post that this discussion wasn’t about Bible prophecy.

Well, that isn’t entirely true.

There is a prediction the Bible makes regarding our future on a personal level that each of us needs to take to heart.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)


Our time here on earth is limited. One day, if Jesus doesn’t come for us first, we will be the guest of honor at a memorial service.

What will we have to show for our lives when we stand before our Creator?

The best way to live wisely in the here and now, is to invest each day in receiving and relating God’s love and truth with others.


Because the Bible also offers us another powerful word of personal prophecy.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because

      “ All flesh is as grass,
      And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
      The grass withers,
      And its flower falls away,
      But the word of the LORD endures forever.” (I Peter 1:22-25)