Life’s Too Short…
On WSB Radio a few days ago, one of the news persons said that the divorce rate had increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the New York Times, an article dated September 1, 2020 stated, “Divorce rates have spiked in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic as couples have been stuck at home for months. The number of people looking for divorces was 34 percent higher from March through June compared to 2019, according to new data collected Legal Templates, a company that provides legal documents.” The WSB reporter stated, “I guess they think life is too short to spend it in an unhappy relationship.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that alcohol consumption and opioid abuse has increased during the pandemic (Source: https://news.yahoo.com/drug-alcohol-spiked-during-pandemic-101900587.html).
Fox News reported on a study by the International Journal of Drug Policy that said, “Nearly 130 New Yorkers said they attended virtual electronic dance music parties and consumed drugs.” The article went on to say, “Of the respondents, around 56% had attended virtual raves, and 70% had attended virtual happy hours during the pandemic” (Source: https://www.foxnews.com/health/virtual-raves-coronavirus-pandemic-drugs-alcohol-nyu-study).
Emergency room visits and drug overdoses have greatly increased during the pandemic.
Life is too short; it truly is. It is a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away (Jam. 4:14). It is three-score and ten, perhaps four-score (Ps. 90:10). Job 14:1 says, “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.” The days of your life are described as “handbreadths” in Psalm 39:5. Truly, life is short.
In light of the fact that life is short, it is of the utmost importance that you consider what happens when your short life ends. Hebrews 9:27 states emphatically that what follows is the judgment. This judgment will determine where you spend your immortal existence. At the Judgment Jesus will dived the sheep from the goats, the saved from the lost, the righteous from the unrighteous (Mat. 25:31-46).
Peter gave this divine instruction: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries” (1 Pet. 4:3). Peter continues: “In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Pet. 4:4-5).
Life is too short to give in to the temptations of Satan. Life is too short to give up on a marriage that God has joined together. Life is too short to spend it in the numbness and fog of alcohol and drugs. Life is too short to waste it on selfish pleasures/sins.
Since life is short, why not commit yourself, your heart and soul to God for your short life and then reap the harvest of eternal glory in heaven with God and with Jesus Christ. Peter said “receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:9).
Life is too short to spend it walking with Satan into the lake of fire and brimstone. On the other hand, “Heaven will surely be worth it all.”