Life is but a Breath

Show me, oh Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere hand breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Psalm 39:4-5

What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? At times I can look back at my life and see wonderful things that I did to help and serve others. I can remember exciting adventures to new places and learning and teaching great truths of the Bible. And yet I also can look back at my life and see selfish days of immature pouting, dissatisfaction, and long hours spent pursuing my own entertainment.

Do the good days outweigh the bad? I don’t think so. Thank the Lord, we are saved by grace and faith in Jesus alone, and not by any good deeds we think we may have done.

However, we still desire purpose and meaning in our lives. If our time is short, which we all know it is, living our life for God is what satisfies our souls and gives us hope and joy in a struggling world.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks; What is the chief end of man? And then answers; To glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Our life is but a breath, so live it well. Let your numbered days count for God’s kingdom. It is our privilege to glorify God and our blessing to enjoy Him forever.

Prayer: Our Father, help us be mindful of our days. Guide us to live with purpose and to embrace the abundant life you have given us through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

2 thoughts on “Life is but a Breath

  1. Amen! Linda, Don’t we all want to live with purpose and meaning in the joy and hope of the Lord? I love the reminder that here on earth and in the eternal life to come , we are to glorify God and praise His name forever. Love your prayer! Let it be so for each of us, each day. Blessings, Susan


  2. May our breaths have purpose for HIM. I am reminded of the words of @markbatterson in his book Whisper- “Some Hebrew scholars believe that the name of God, Yahweh- or without the vowels YHWH- is synonymous with the sound of breath. On one had the name is to sacred to pronounce. On the other hand, it’s whispered with each and every breath we take. It’s our first word, our last word, and every word in between. God is as close as the breath we breath.”


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