Man’s days are determined; you have
decreed the number of his months.
                       —Job 14:5

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, August 26, 2017. Officials ordered a mandatory evacuation.

Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios asked residents who refused to leave to write their name and Social Security number on their arm with a Sharpie, so first-responders could identify those who didn’t survive. Next of kin would need to be notified.

Catastrophes give a heads up to the fragility and brevity of life. James and Job put it in words . . .

Instead of saying today or tomorrow we will do this or that, James wrote, “you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (Jas 4:13, 15).

Job said: “Our time is limited. You have given us only so many months to live and have set limits we cannot go beyond” (Jb 14:5 NCV).

Do it today. You have
no guarantee of tomorrow.

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