Day 90: How Long Can I Live?

Day 90: How Long Can I Live?
March 30, 2015 Joel Grantham

“With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”  Psalm 91:16

This is one of the most convincing Scriptures proving that God promises long life to the believer.  However, like all of God’s promises, they do not come automatically.  They must be received by faith (Hebrews 6:12) and if there are any stated conditions, they must first be met before we can receive the promise.

Faith begins where the will of God is known.  It is impossible to have faith for something if you are unsure of God’s will in the matter.  One of the reasons that Christians die young is because they are ignorant of God’s promises concerning long life.  Romans 10:14 asks, “How shall they BELIEVE in Him of whom they HAVE NOT HEARD?”  How can you believe God for a promise that you do not know He is offering?

Just how long has God promised that we can live?  I have heard some people teach that God has promised us at least 70 years.  Others have said that we cannot live any longer than 120 years.  However, here in Psalm 91:16 God promises that if we meet His conditions, we can live until we are satisfied.  If at 70 you’re not satisfied, then go ahead and keep on living.  If you’re 100 and still not satisfied, then God says you can keep on living!

Some have used Psalm 90:10 which says, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty,” to teach that God promises us at least 7o and no more than 80 years.  However, this particular verse is not talking about you and me.  This Psalm was written by Moses who was talking about the children of Israel while they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.  Remember, because of their rebellion, God had said that the entire generation from age 20 years old and up would not live to see the Promised Land, but would die in the wilderness.  Only Joshua and Caleb lived long enough to enter the land that God had promised Abraham.  God limited their life span because of their unbelief and rebellion, but He has not limited ours!

Contrary to popular belief, God has not predetermined the day of your death.  Because He sees the future and is all knowing, He certainly knows the day that you will die.  But that does not mean that He has scheduled the day you will die like an appointment.  Verses like Proverbs 3:1-2, 16 reveal that we can do certain things to lengthen our life or to shorten it.

People have used verses like Hebrews 9:27 which says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” to teach that God has appointed a specific day for you and me to die.  However, that’s not what this verse teaches at all!  It only says that God has appointed the fact that we will die.  Remember, Psalm 91:16 says that we can live until WE are satisfied.  We, not God, determine our life span.  When someone dies at a young age, it is never God’s will or plan.

 

Confession:   I confess by faith that I will live a long and healthy life because God said, “With long life will I satisfy him.”

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