Day 86: I trust you, Lord. Doing as assigned. Genesis 6, 7, 8 and 9; John 17
Get ready to have your mind blown! Are you ready? You sure? Did you know that God did NOT promise a set lifespan on this earth? GASP!!!! Mind blowing, huh? But nope, there are no guarantees to a minimum length of life for mankind.
Depending on your ‘church’ circles, you may have been taught that each person was promised 70 years. Where does this come from?
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10
This is where it comes from. Now what people do not tout is that this scripture says 70 OR 80. The 80 apparently is based on good health. After reading this, do you really believe that God is wishy-washy and he can’t decide which promise He wants give? NO! Where in the scripture is God ever unsure? Is it God speaking in this writing? Did the author contribute these words to ‘thus saith the Lord?’ No and no. The chapter is contributed to Moses and you can dig a little more into when and why he wrote this, but God did not say it.
Then there are those that say that they are living their promise of 120 years. Say what! Yep, 120 years. Read where this comes from here:
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Genesis 6:3
There you go. This clearly says that that man will live for 120 days, for sure! But read one chapter prior. At the end of Genesis 5, Moses was 500 years old and it states he had three sons. In Genesis 6, God tells Noah He has decided to kill all the people.
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Genesis 6:13
In ten verses before, God said man had 120 years. In verse 13, He shares with Moses that He’s done with the Earth and its inhabitants. Shocker? No, but keep reading. One hundred years after Moses had his first son, the rain began. He was 600 years old.
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. Genesis 7:6
Keep reading. Noah lived another 350 years AFTER the floods, but you can easily argue that it didn’t apply to him because Moses was already over 120 years, so he was grandfathered to live as long as he lived.
And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died. Genesis 9:28-29
After the flood, others lived longer than the 120 years God supposedly set as the lifespan.
And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Genesis 25:7
And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. Genesis 35:28
And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years. Genesis 47:28
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. Deuteronomy 34:7
Because God cannot lie (or He’d be just like the father of lies – Satan) and His word NEVER contradicts itself (not reading it holistically causes the contradiction), He did not give you a determinant lifespan outside of what it is set for each person individually. Your life span shall cover the time needed to complete your assignment OR be shortened based on your wicked decision.
Jesus sets the perfect example for this. After telling the twelve that He was going away, He then went to the Father to tell Him that He (Jesus) had completed the assignment His Father gave Him. He starts the chapter by telling His Father that it was now time for Him to go.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: John 17:1
He was given a task and it has been completed.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:4-5
If you continue reading, He does a rundown of what He was supposed to have done, what was completed, and the outcome of Him doing it. After he finished talking to God, He was taken into custody to be prepared for His last and final assignment: to be the ultimate and final sacrifice for all (finish the book of John to read about this). According to records, Jesus died well before He was 120 years old, 80 years old, and even 70 years old. If a perfect man cannot outlive His assignment what does that say? (Also see Acts 13:36 – David died after he served the will of God.)
What it does say is you have been given something to do. Find yourself doing it! Stop with the excuses and get to it. Doing otherwise is disobedience and disobedience is compared to witchcraft. You can become a practicing witch/warlord or a child of God. Which do you choose?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Like Jesus, you must be about your Father’s business. He has created you will a specific goal in mind. Trust Him enough to know that His desires for you are perfect and He will give you EVERYTHING you need to accomplish your task. Recall, He knows your every need and will provide for them over and abundantly. Give Him you. Go where He sends you. TRUST HIM! You won’t regret it.
Fulfilling my destiny,
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!