When we are young, we feel timeless and usually behave like time is an expendable commodity with a “plenty more from where that came from” attitude. As we age, we realize that time is limited and precious yet the cares of daily life still seem to distract us from an awareness of that reality. In today’s verse, Job reminds us that our lives are just a blip in time. In the context of eternity, the years of our lives are just a handbreadth to God (Psalm 39:5).
We, as Christians, each have a ministry, and we need to remain cognizant of the fact that we do not have a long time in which to seek and carry out God’s plan in our lives. May we live with an awareness of the unnecessary distractions and diversions in our lives, and take that time back and use it for the glory of God (Ephesians 5:15-16).