Joshua 13:1, “Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him, “You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed”.
If I were to describe life and sum it up in one word, I would say life is “INTERESTING“. What is life? It is the time when someone exists or functions. Life is full of series of emotions. It is full of surprises and complicated. Some people are fed up with it and see no reason to live anymore. Others have tried suicide and succeeded, others in their attempt failed.
Hopelessness drives many to contemplate suicide and some are left severely depressed. You may have never thought of it but where you work, where you hang out, someone has thought of committing suicide or has tried but failed. Children aborted are lives cut short. Life is full of ups and downs, it is like roller coasters, at times it moves so fast down the hill, at times it climbs the hill slower; at times it puts you upside down, at times everything spins leaving you lost. You grow up full of dreams and desires but as you face real life, all those dreams and desires are put to test. Life is also a series of choices we make.
As long as God gives us breath, we have a life to live to the fullest for His glory. Life deals with time and time waits for no man. Yes, life will be up and down, quitting may present an option but God requires us to live to the fullest with Him on our side. He created each of us for a purpose and His plan is to fulfill that purpose in this life. Joshua lived a life full of battles; from the beginning, the Lord made a promise to him of His presence to Joshua. In Joshua 12, he fought many strong battles winning them because God was with him. Now he is old and stricken and God says”… there remains very much land yet to be possessed”. Even with all he did, there was still work to do.
People like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Noah, and David, to mention a few lived their lives to the fullest. They had their battles to fight but they refused to terminate their lives before time. They understood they were created for a reason. When you and I know why we were created, we will live the way God had planned, and our cry and prayer, “Lord help us to live this life”. Looking back at what you survived in school, being mocked, coming from bad neighborhoods, disappointments, heartaches, brokenness, going without etc., these should serve as a reference that you are a survivor. If you survived them, do you not realize these too shall pass? I look back at my life and see what I have survived cannot be compared to what I am facing now. You may be outnumbered by what you have to face and deal with, but the same God who started your life knew enough pressure you could handle in this life therefore entrusted you with it knowing that it would not destroy you as long as He is in control. In the end looking back, I can see why the battle had to be fierce.
As long as the body has life even in the worse conditions, the doctors try their best to save it. The person could be bleeding to death and many could be losing hope however, they will still do everything in their power to stabilize that life because it has a purpose. A purpose to be accepted, loved, give the same to other people. It is your life surrounded by people affected by it.
For those who may remember a media coverage in 1987 of 18month old baby Jessica McClure in Texas who fell into an open well. She was alive in the well and there were experts who brought all their equipment to help save her life. For about 58 hours the work was on around the clock, the situation looked tougher and tougher as the little girl was trapped in that well. They had microphone lowered into the well to assist in hearing her, they utilized devises to communicate with her, encouraged her, sang her favorite songs, gave her hope while they struggled to find ways to rescue her. Volunteers who went down the well to dig, came back up exhausted, passing out in need of medical attention yet they could not give up for there was a life to be saved, a life that needed to live to the fullest. What a celebration when she was finally rescued. She is now 25 years old and married.
Though life is tough, life is precious and with God on your side, you can look at it differently as an opportunity to live for God. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” I love the chorus of this hymn, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because He lives, all fears are gone; Because I know, that He owns the future, and LIFE IS WORTH A LIVING, just because He lives”. Before He takes me home, I have a life to live. Blessings Evans.