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Job 17:11



11 My days [yowm] are past [`abar], my purposes [zimmah] are broken off [nathaq], even the thoughts [mowrash] of my heart [lebab]. KJV-Interlinear



11 'My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart. NASB


Job is feeling really bad. He feels that his life has run its course and he is at its end now. With so many plans, and goals, and projects, and things he wanted to accomplish, they are all now being filed in life's round file for permanent disposal. And that is the way this life will be for all of us.


Everyone develops in their life, plans and goals. We all have things we want to accomplish, things we want to do over the course of our life. Sometimes it is a crusade to save the world, to make a difference, to make changes for the better. Sometimes what we want is just better things for ourselves or for our family.


Some folks feel a calling to public service. Some folks feel a calling or a yearning to do this or that. To do something they feel is important in their life. And of course there are those who don't have much ambition, but they still have wants and needs.


At the beginning or in the early stages of our life we feel we can conquer the world, we feel like we are bulletproof and we can do anything. Sometimes we feel that we can make a difference.


Then life and reality happens. Sooner or later death enters into our life's schedule and of course it is always inconvenient for our plans. But life ends and all that we want, all that we wanted to accomplish, and even all that we have accomplished, comes to a crashing end.


We are not as bulletproof or indestructible as we had thought.


Then, after death, we will all come face to face with the real planner of life, Jesus Christ, and we will come to a realization that it is He who lays out the events of this world and of human history, not us.


Life, in this life is temporary. Life, in this world was never intended to be perpetuated forever. No one was ever placed in this world to make it into a utopia.


This does not mean that we don't try to do our best. That is simply a function of responsibility to be the best we can, but in accordance with Gods will, not in accordance with the will of evil.


Our first assignment is to grow up spiritually. Once that is accomplished, or during our spiritual growth, then God is courteous enough to use us within His plan. He doesn't need any of us in order to accomplish His purpose, but by grace, He lets us participate.


And even though the world seems to be heading on a collision course with self destruction, God has everything well under control. He may even use you as a part of that control, but you have to have your head on straight before He does.


Too often people take themselves too seriously, and overrate their own self-importance. God did not use any of us before we were born, and He will not use any of us after we are long gone.


And unless you grow up in your spiritual life, then you will never learn just how unimportant all your goals, your worldly goals that is, are.


The best orientation to life, is accomplished through the study of the Bible. We can wish all we want, but too often our wishes clash with Gods plan.


Humanity was placed on this world in order to settle the angelic conflict, and subsequently to populate the new heaven in eternity. We were never placed here to advance on our own, to some higher plane of existence, or just to grow up, work, and then retire.


We all have our dreams, but the spiritual life makes your dreams better. Dreams from his world never come true. Dreams generated within the spiritual life, always come true.


Some folks dream dreams and that is as far as their life goes. Spiritually mature people dream dreams and eventually will live a life beyond their dreams.

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