Proverbs 10:27 says:
The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
I have heard people take this to mean that only those that live into their nineties and hundreds are the ones who truly fear God. Everyone else must have been fooling themselves. Yet, our narrow-minded approach to this verse causes us to deceive ourselves.
What is life? Is the world of wake up, go to work, fix dinner, clean house, and go to sleep the added life He gives us? That is a blessing? Or could it be life that comes from Him?
When we come to God and surrender ourselves, we receive eternal life. By honoring, respecting, and acknowledging Him, we get life that cannot be extended any further. The life He gives is being with Him in Heaven.
Why do we do this? Why do we misinterpret such verses? What do we gain from it? A judgmental attitude is what we get.
If we do not have something to comment and judge on, we will create something. Humans seem to always need to point out the flaws of another and make ourselves feel so good and righteous. We do it in all areas of our life.
I injured my hand. Months later, I was seeing specialists because it was getting worse, and I was losing the ability to use the fingers. I went to a prayer meeting where some people prayed over it. One lady pulled me aside and let me know that it was my lack of faith keeping God from healing my hand. I was the one allowing the devil to hurt it. I was so upset. This woman knew nothing about me. Does every physical affliction reflect the status of our soul? Then Paul must have had issues as he had a “thorn” in his side.
Who are we to know why someone dies young or old? Who are we to say why someone goes blind or acquires cancer? Who are we to question the methods of God?
Who are we? People who need to learn a little humility.