Does it seem as though the days are long, but the weeks or months fly by? Do you look back over time and wonder how it has gone so quickly? Has it seemed to pass quicker as you have grown older? Does it worry you?
If you are like me, time seems fly as fast as a speeding bullet at times and crawl along like a snail at others. It especially feels like it has flown when I look back over the past few weeks, months, or years. Our perspectives change depending on our situation.
In today’s passage, King David is looking back over his past. He sees his life as if it is merely a vapor, a breath, or a phantom that passes quickly and nothing more than a blink of an eye to God. He views it foolishness to gather large amounts of wealth, not knowing who will end up with it when all is said and done.
It would do us well to ponder our own situation as David pondered his. We work hard to save, often holding every penny we have in fists squeezed so tight our knuckles turn white. For what reason? So we feel secure or pass it on to others or merely because that is what we were taught.
Should we spend foolishly? No. That is not the point at all. The point is to find a balance between spending and saving. We should save some for our retirement years. On the other hand, we should enjoy the blessings God has graciously shed on us. It brings to mind an old saying, “Everything in moderation.”
I pray we all find balance in our finances. I pray we determine to enjoy God’s blessings. I pray each one of us decide to save for our future but do so with moderation. Plan to save. Plan to enjoy. Plan for moderation. Avoid extremes in either direction. Life is short, even if time appears to crawl.
“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.”