Daily Devotional for July 12, 2020
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Genesis 47:9
We find in this verse an interesting statement made by Jacob to Pharaoh. Jacob refers to his life as a pilgrimage. While much of his life was spent moving from one place to another, he considers that his life on this Earth is transitory, fleeting. We likewise must remember that the life we are living now is just temporary. We are aliens in this world and we, like Jacob, are looking for the city that was built without hands. This life as we know it will come to an end, but the true life will be eternal if we’re found faithful.
130 years didn’t seem long to Jacob, he states “few and evil have the days been”, but to us that is an extremely long life. When we’re young we feel invincible and that we have forever to live but as we grow older it seems life speeds up somehow. Days are going by so fast. We start a week and before you now it the week’s gone. We need to use the time wisely, to be good stewards of the time we have. We are not promised tomorrow. Treat people like today was your last day.