God Controls How Long We Live

We need to remember God has our days numbered. He is in control. The day I wrote today’s thought was a Monday evening, three days before my father’s ninetieth birthday. My wife, grown children, and I all had a vacation day scheduled for a big birthday bash on Thursday of that week for dad. He was looking forward to it as we were. God had different plans. That very Monday night around 7:30 PM dad calls me that he has fallen and can’t get up.  He had suffered a heart attack, In less than thirty-six hours he passed away, one day before his ninetieth birthday. God’s plans superseded our plans.

Today’s Bible Verse:

James 4:13-16 (KJV), “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

What the verse means:

Our future is in God’s hands and plans.

Praying using the verse:

1. Heavenly Father, we thank you for every day of life.
2. We acknowledge God as the giver of life and that He has our days numbered.
3. Lord Jesus, we trust you know what is best for us and ask that your will be done.


Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.

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