Most people who read the Bible at least know that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Some might even remember that he was the son of Enoch and the grandfather of Noah. Some will be able to recall that he “walked and talked with God,” but we have no idea what they talked about, or when or where this occurred.
Imagine holding the world record for having more birthdays than anyone else who ever lived but being remembered for nothing else.
According to the Bible, Methuselah lived when the earth was full of wickedness. Everywhere he walked, he was surrounded by sin and sinners. But, he never mentioned a word about God or godliness, or God’s grace or goodness. He knew God but did not serve Him.
Imagine the positive influence he could have had on the multitudes of individuals whom he knew. Consider what he might have done for God if he had followed in the footsteps of his father. Enoch. Scripture tells us, “he enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout all of his life - then he suddenly disappeared because God took him!”
Methuselah lived almost three times as long as his father, Enoch. Yet, when he died, he left no legacy of having made a difference for God or good. In the final analysis, it is not how long we live but what we do. What matters most is whether or not our relationship with God empowered us to leave a legacy of serving God and others through our lives.
Prayer: Help each of us, Father, to recognize the importance of living for You and professing our faith. May our lives reflect Your love and salvation each day we live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. Genesis 5:21
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