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. (Psalm 90:10, N.K.J.V.)
I recently went to Google and searched out the average lifespan of human beings. According to a chart compiled by worlddata.info, the world average for a lifespan in 2020 was just under 73 years. It was 70.6 years for men and 75.1 years for women.
Of course, that’s taking the entire world into account. The fact is, the average lifespan in many countries is much higher than the world average. For example, the people of Iceland have an average life expectancy of 83.1 years. As for the United States, American males live an average of 74.5 years, while American females live an average of 80.2 years. Since I don’t want my own lifespan shortened, I’ll forego any comment as to the reasons why American women tend to live longer.
At any rate, it’s plain to see that the Bible isn’t hopelessly outdated or irrelevant in what it says about the average lifespan. Even with all the medical advancements the world has seen in the thousands of years since Moses wrote Psalm 90, humans still typically live in the ballpark of between 70 and 80 years. That’s a proven fact.
Of course, 70 or 80 years is just a general guideline. Some people live to see 100, but others die at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60. Therefore, the question is not: “How old will I be when I die?” Instead, it is: “How will I live the days I have left?” My advice is to live them all-out, full-bore, no-holds-barred for Jesus Christ. That way you’ll be able to “fly away” with no regrets, or at least a significantly decreased number of them.