“Then the Lord said, “I will not allow people to live forever; they are mortal. From now on they will live no longer than 120 years.” (Gen 6:3, GN)
Adam and Eve could have lived forever. But sin brought death with it. After the fall men lived hundreds of years. With sin reigning in man’s flesh, God made a new decree and limited the number of years man can live on earth. God said that it will be maximum 120 years. That is all they have to repent of their sins. Even after God’s decree, Abraham lived 135 years, to prove the grace of God on his life. Jacob was asked by Pharaoh: “How old are you?” He was embarrassed to say that he is (only!) 130 years old for his ancestors lived much longer than him. Moses lived 120 years. Even at that age his eyesight wasn’t impaired and he was still vigorous and strong. These are just few examples of what we call ‘a long life well spent’. Why limit God’s plan for your life?
This is a question: How many people do you know who live above 100 years? Do you know that three quarters of all untimely deaths are preventable and life style related? This is the conclusion of medical science. We do well to pay attention to this information. Doctors say that you have to make a change in your life style if you want to live long. When you are young you do not feel the need to do that. But as the body ages you have to become wiser taking care of your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
If you want to live long, this is the medical advice:
*Do not smoke cigars or take illegal drugs
*Do not drink alcohol
*Do not be overweight
*Reduce salt in the food
*Keep your Blood pressure under control
*Exercise your body and your mind
*Do not over-work. Rest and enjoy your life
Of course, as believers, we add this:
*Give your life to Christ! Be born again!
*Attend a good living church!
*Read your Bible daily. Memorize the Word of God. Apply (obey) the Word of God in daily living!
*Repent of any known sin so that your conscience is at peace!
*Serve God in any ministry!
*Be a blessing to many!
I wish you all long life and prosperity!
In Jesus name