4 Reasons To Be Glad That Life Is Short

While it is right to lament life’s brevity, we can also find in it reason to rejoice

“Each of us enters the world crying and leaves the world groaning, and between those times we carry a cross. Our comfort is this: Though we must bear a heavy cross, we have but a short way to carry it.

 

One of the great sorrows of life is its brevity. This life is but a breath, a vapor, a mist that vanishes with the sun. Even the eldest among us dies too soon, for we were made to live forever. Yet, while it is right to lament life’s brevity, we can also find in it reason to rejoice. There are reasons to be glad that life is short. Here are four of them.

Because time is short, we will not sin for long. We contend against sin for as long as we live. We are saints, but sinners, people who have committed our lives to God but who still at times side with Satan. At many points the cry of every Christian is “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Our best thoughts are still imperfect, our most noble deeds still mingled with sin. But we can be comforted with the knowledge that our time is not long. We will battle pride for only a short while before the fight is won. We will battle unbelief for only a short while before our faith turns to sight. Death will come to us like the angel did to Peter—it struck him and his chains immediately fell off.

Because time is short, we will not labor for long. Our lives are full of hard labor—the labor of earning a living, caring for a home, raising a family, the labor of improving and conforming our minds. Hardest of all is the labor of the heart—to search it, cleanse it, and guard it. Sometimes our hearts hasten toward holiness and sometimes they hasten toward sin. Sometimes our hearts move to sin slowly and with reluctance and sometimes our hearts advance toward holiness only with the greatest exertion. But our comfort is that we will not be engaged in this grueling work forever, for we will soon rest from our labors (Revelation 14:13). When our bodies go to the grave, our souls go to rest.

Because time is short, we will not suffer for long. Life is full of trouble, full of suffering, full of sorrow. Job said it well: “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). You are as likely to separate weight from lead as to remove suffering from life. Each of us enters the world crying and leaves the world groaning, and between those times we carry a cross. Our comfort is this: Though we must bear a heavy cross, we have but a short way to carry it.

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