Your Life Expectancy 120 or 80?

Your life expectancy is not 70 nor 80 but should be 120 and that is according to the Bible. Even so, it is more important to know how to live well.
What is our life expectancy?

Many of us will say it is 70 and at most 80, quoting
  • Psa 90:10  The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. 
But it is wrong if you read the verse in its context. The whole psalm 90 is about the short-life under the wrath of God. We are called to live it, though short, meaningfully. See Live Meaningfully - Psalm 90. The preceding and subsequent verses show that clearly:
  • Psa 90:9  For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.  
  • Psa 90:11  Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? 
Science also tells us that it is wrong. The average life expectancy for Japan is 83.59 years, for Singapore is 83.1 years(Male 80.0, female 86.1 ), and WHO said that for man is about 80 and for woman 85. The life expectancy is increasing over the years.

Biblical Life Expectancy is 120

We have to go all the way back to Genesis to find it.
  • Gen_6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
And we have Moses to testify to it in:
  • Deu 34:7  Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated

Expect a Long and Healthy Life:

There is no point in having a long life if one is not healthy to enjoy the life. Some people would rather commit suicide because of the sickness of pains or immobility.  The Bible wants to emphasize that, as in the case of Moses, it will not just be long but also with vigor and good eye-sight.

If you are sick or weak, then you can base your prayer on this verse and look up the Bible for the healing promises for your recovery. See also Your Healing Prescription for TodayGod's Prescription for the Healing of Your Body & ... etc.

Living Meaningfully is more important than living long

Paul says
  • Php 1:23  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better
  • Php 1:24  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account
Since heaven is better for us, God should immediately take us up to Him when we receive Him, but He did not. So, like Paul, if we are still living on earth, there must a purpose for us to accomplish here. Do you know what's the purpose that God has for you? There must be some people that God wants to save them through you. There must be some needs that God wants you, and only you, to provide.

A brother was sharing with me about what abundant life means.
  • John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
He says that Christ comes to meet our needs and when our needs are met we can go on to meet His needs. Abundant life is about overflowing life to bless others, to meet the needs of others, who Jesus has identified with. Living life to the full is not just about our own lives but about others too. Because we are rebirthed as children of God with His character of love.

Eventually, 120 years is very Short

We were created not to live a very very long life but rather never to have died at all. Hence, we desire not just to live long but also to live with an eternal perspective. We look forward to meeting all those who have gone earlier than to heaven. With that perspective, may we redeem our time on earth.

May God bless you and keep you with health and purpose.

Lim Liat (c) 26 Apr 2017

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