Well…This here would appear to be one of those trick questions right? Who could in all their days determine for themselves if they will receive long life…Well, I would imagine if we need any answers as prevalent as this…we would do well looking to the source of all life..The word of God is sufficient and replete to answer this question too…
In our day we do a lot of things for longevity of life. For some it’s using anti-aging cream somehow we believe if we don’t have to grow old, if we can just stay youthful looking then things will be just fine for us.. we can stay “relevant” in the culture. For others of us, we run to the gym everyday, gotta keep our hearts in shape with some cardio and we need the strength and circuit training after all if you don’t use it you lose it…Isn’t that the famous quote we like to say, and when we’re not hitting the gym, we are watching those calories and carbs..it’s like a science…if we eat the right things and do all the right exercising our body will stay youthful and naturally that means “long life” or so we suppose..Until we see there are people who use the anti-aging stuff and they still grow old and get the wrinkles and even if they don’t get the wrinkles they die in a car crash or a natural disaster, and we like to know that for each day we get quality of life not just quantity when we are working out…but what happens when our muscles start fighting themselves and we’ve worked them too hard and find ourselves in the hospital anyway..I see it all the time trust me it happens.. We think by just taking care of our body we are shielded from a heart attack, or different types of cancer or pain…and what happens if that happens anyway..
I spend all week dodging my children who were coughing and sneezing all around me and went to dinner with one guy and got way too close to his face and wounded up with a cold anyway…after scolding my children I didn’t want their colds and to keep their germs to themselves…Ughhh…isn’t that how it happens sometimes ..we go to such lengths to stop something from happening one way..and what do ya know..it seems like it comes another..
I searched a promise out ..one you could hang on to…But it’s conditional..
That simply means you have to do your part first, then you can expect to have Long Life..
There were many people in scripture who desired long life..and they asked for it..and they got answers. Answers like this one: “With long life I will satisfy him and let him see my salvation” I’m just trying to tell you that long life only comes from one place and we’re seeking the wrong sources.
We see in Deuteronomy 6:2, if we love the Lord our God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves we are keeping His commands and a promise for that is …Long life and prolonged days..Deut.20:30 it says by loving God and obeying his voice and holding fast to Him, we lengthen our days.
But here’s my favorite..I will close this blog now for the interest of time…But because this promise is reiterated in the New Testament that means this one stands and is for us…
1 Peter 3:10-11 says…
“For, the one who desires life, to love and see good days….(This is the promise)
Must keep his tongue from evil and lips from speaking deceit. He must turn from evil and do good…he must seek peace and pursue it. ( man’s part)
For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears attentive to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”
There you have it…the promise of long life will not be found in any of the things we are putting stock in…if we are on the opposing end to God. He has ways to end our days we can’t even comprehend or imagine.
So watch it..just be on guard, you may hear someone who is preaching what sounds like the word of God..but they die an untimely death and it just doesn’t seem right that this person would die in a plane crash since they ate healthy, and exercised, and did all the right things and appeared to be living for God..while there are some things we can’t explain this promise is the one thing we can stand on…It’s true even when others are fallible.
Try it and see…