Vs. 5, “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” Job is taking the time to look at this fleeting life we live. Just like flower fades away, a shadow disappears (vs. 2) or water evaporates (vs. 11)…our lives are numbered and short. We walk in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) the moment that we are born…it looms over us. Remember that God didn’t originally create us to physically die.
Regarding application….Second Life. Vs. 14, “If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.” Not much has changed when it comes to the questions of life after death. Job would ask would he live again? The answer is an absolute “YES” as we have the luxory in knowing Jesus’ promise (John 11:23-26). It’s incredible how blessed we are to live in a time of His grace and promises that have already come true and will come true. As I advance in years, I realize that my life on earth really isn’t going to last forever. As much as I look forward to what my life has in store for me…I must remember not to get too comfortable. When we live a life for the Lord, we will have troubles. But thankfully, just like Job…we hope for a better tomorrow! Fix your eyes upon Jesus and rest in knowing there is truly a renewal to come!