Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days…” This is a phrase that everyone should be interested in. The word “fear” means to have a reverence and respect for the Lord. Our verse today says if we do so, it will prolong our days. How can this be? The answer is really quite simple.
By obeying the things that God has outlined in His Word, we will live a happier and more productive life. Even science today has said that happier people live longer lives than unhappy people do. Some people look at the Bible passages such as the Ten Commandments as lists of “you cannot do this that.” When truthfully, it is the voice of God saying, “I love you enough to tell you, if you do this or that it will harm you.”
On most products we purchase today, if there is something in that item that might harm us, we find warning labels. If we use the product according to its intended purpose and read and heed the warnings given on misuse of that product, things normally will go much better. None of us really want things in our life that will harm us. Therefore, God has written out a warning label for life. If only we would read it and heed it life will go much better.
Another truth we find buried in the logic of this phrase is that those who reverence and respect the Lord also know Christ as Saviour, and therefore have everlasting life. Talk about prolonging your days. What could be longer than forever? The wicked, or those who are lost in sin, will die a second death. The word death refers to a complete separation. This second death for the lost will be an eternal separation away from Christ, which also includes eternal torment. We should thank God as believers for prolonging our days today, and forever. Today, just live as if you are thankful.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Exodus 27 – 28 / Psalm 37:1-22 / Proverbs 10 / Luke 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Exodus 29-30 / Matthew 24:1-26
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