[box] Genesis 25:7-8, “Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.”[/box]
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen God created the earth and humans with it, I believe He gave us the capacity to live a very long life. Take for example the oldest man in the Bible, Methuselah. He lived until 969-years-old. That is how long God had designed our bodies to live. And if you will note the ages of the people in that chapter, a majority of them lived for over 900 years!
After the flood, lifespans started dropping. This was probably a consequence. When Abraham died, he was only 175-years-old and was said to have lived a long and satisfying life. Psalm 90:10 even indicates a shorter lifespan for those of us living today, 70-80 years.
Whatever God’s reasons, we may not be able to know, but my point here today is about living a long, satisfying life. However long that may be.
Abraham lived to a ripe old age of 175 years, having lived a long and satisfying life. You will have to read the Bible to find out how Abraham lived his life. The bottom line is that Abraham lived the kind life that is mentioned because of faith and obedience. When God told him to go, Abraham went. When God told him to stop and settle down he stopped. When God told him to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac, you will not read anywhere that he argued with God or tried to plead for Isaac’s life. Abraham just obeyed and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Sure, Abraham made mistakes, like the time that he told people in Egypt that Sarai was not his wife but his sister. He did this because he was afraid for his life. Abraham came back from this mistake–twice! But it did not stop God from blessing him. When he asked his servant to go to his relatives to find a wife for Isaac, his servant mentioned there that Abraham grew rich and wealthy, with thousands of sheep and goats and herds of cattle and an abundance of silver and gold. Whew! God truly blessed him.
Abraham was faithful and obedient. Two traits that we may conclude as things that God wants from us so that He can bless us with a long and satisfying life. Don’t you want that? I do! I just need to be faithful and obedient with what God wants me to do.