Few Of Days & Full of Trouble

If we are wise, we will take a moment to ask God to help us to remember the brevity of our lives.

Psalm 90:12 (ESV) — 12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

James 4:14 (ESV) — 14…What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Job says it this way:

Job 14:1–2 (ESV) — 1 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. 2 He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.

This potentially depressing thought is magnified since our days tend to be stained by trouble and difficulties of various kinds. Like Job, none of us have to go looking for trouble. Trouble finds us without any effort. As Jesus said, “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 ESV) Most days are filled with minor difficulties, but some seasons are weighted down with crushing devastations.

While we are prone to think of this as a depressing thought, it is only depressing if we are seeking our joy and satisfaction in this life. Job clearly believes the difficulty God has allowed in his life will lead to his death, yet he declares that he has hope.

Job 13:15 (ESV) — 15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him…

How can this be? Is death not the end of all hope? Job’s words anticipates a hope that exists beyond the trouble and the grave.

Job 14:14–17 (ESV) — 14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come. 15 You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands. 16 For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin; 17 my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity.

In his despair, Job’s heart longs for renewal and life after death; life that would no longer be marked by sin, but a life wherein his sin has been covered and sealed. He longs for the promise we have in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

If your day has unexpected troubles today or if age reminds you that you are like a mist that is vanishing, rejoice that your hope is not in these days, but in the days to come; glorious days in the presence of Jesus Christ without the stain of trouble, sorrow or pain. This is not wishful thinking, but accomplished fact through what Christ has done for us. Let us then say with Paul, “I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)