…As your days, so shall your strength be. (Deuteronomy 33:25, N.K.J.V.)
A man retired at the age of 65 and set himself to doing the “bucket list” of things he wanted to get done before the end of his life. At the top of that list was learning to play the trombone. He had begun learning the instrument for band back when he was in high school but had quit the class. He’d always regretted that and wanted to right that wrong.
After locating a music teacher in his town, he called the fellow and asked, “Can you teach me to play the trombone?” The teacher replied, “Yes, I can.” The retiree said, “And how fast can I learn to play it?” The teacher answered, “I can teach anybody to play any instrument in five years.” “Five years?!,” moaned the retiree, “I’ll be 70 years old by the time I can play.” To that, the music teacher asked, “Well, how old will you be in five years if you don’t learn to play the trombone?”
If you live another five years, what will you have on your life’s resume that you don’t have now? Putting it another way, if you are going to live five more years anyway, how will you fill those years? You can fill them with worldly things or spiritual things, frivolous things or meaningful things, things not in God’s will or things in God’s will. The choice is yours.
As for you having the physical, mental, and spiritual strength to accomplish what God wants you to accomplish, rest assured that He’ll take care of His end of that. Just as Moses once pronounced the prophetic blessing — “As your days, so shall your strength be” — upon Israel’s tribe of Asher, God will see to it that you’ll have the strength to accomplish every last item on the “bucket list” that He has in mind for your closing years on earth. Even if one of those items is no more than you sitting in a hospital bed or a nursing home and faithfully serving as a prayer warrior right up until your last breath, God will give you the strength to pray every prayer that He wants you to pray.
Of course, none of us is guaranteed even one more day. That’s why James 4:14 says that life is like a vapor, and Proverbs 27:1 tells us, “Do not boast about tomorrow.” Therefore, we mustn’t be like the rich man in Christ’s parable, the man of whom God said, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” (Luke 12:20). Still, though, with the reality of our mortality always being in the back of our minds, we aren’t wrong to set our goals and make our plans as long as we do it all in obedience to God’s will.
In closing, aren’t you glad that Moses didn’t say to the tribe of Asher, “As your strength is, so shall your days be”? Some days we just don’t have much physical, mental, or spiritual strength, do we? But Moses worded the promise exactly the way that God wanted him to word it. You see, this is God’s way of assuring each of us, “If you walk with Me, seek My will, and serve Me all the days of your life, I’ll grant you strength for the days that I have appointed you to live.” Those days (in case you haven’t heard) have already been predetermined by Him. As Job once said about man, his days are determined, the number of his months are with God, and God has appointed his limits so that he cannot live longer than God means for him to live (Job 14:5). So, don’t fixate on adding days to your life. Instead, fixate on adding life, the life that God wants you to live, to your days. That way, you’ll be sure to get just the right “bucket list” accomplished before you go to meet Him face to face.