One of these days the ground will drop out from beneath your feet
One of these days your heart will stop and play its final beat
One of these days the clocks will stop and time won’t mean a thing
One of these days their bombs will drop and silence everything

One of these days your eyes will close and pain will disappear
One of these days you will forget to hope and learn to fear

Some of you younger readers will immediately recognize the lines above as lyrics from the song, “These Days,” released last year by Foo Fighters.  Some of you older readers just thought, “It was released last year by who?”  Actually, those in the G.I. and Silent Generations, who may have no knowledge at all of the U.S. rock band, may recall that the term “foo fighter” was used by Allied pilots during World War II to describe fiery, unidentified flying objects encountered during combat and reconnaissance missions.  Who knew, right?

Anyway, as I was listening to this song on the radio the other day, it caused me to think about the brevity of life and the certainty of Christ’s return.  I have no idea what Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl had in mind when he wrote the song.  The verses segue into a chorus that focuses on the concepts of hearts being broken and pride being stolen, so my guess is that he was far more concerned about human relationships and emotions than spiritual relationships and eschatology.  Still, there is a lot of truth in these lyrics.  Unless the Lord comes back first, “one of these days my heart will stop and play its final beat.”  When Christ does return, “the clocks will stop and time won’t mean a thing.”

I do think I know, however, what another Dave (King David) had in mind when he wrote the following:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered –
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.

(Psalm 39:4-5)

“I don’t wanna die; there’s no future in it!”  So said Curly Howard in a rerun of “The Three Stooges” that I saw a couple of weeks ago.  Call me juvenile, but those guys can still make me laugh; out loud; really loud!

I hate to take issue with someone as scholarly and insightful as Curly, but life’s uncertainties and death’s imminence are not causes for alarm or anxiety among believers in Christ, for the precise reason that we believe there is indeed a future in death: resurrection and eternity glory.

We need to live each day as if it could be our last, because it very well could be.  We need to realize that Jesus will return on a day just like today.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12).

Come, Lord Jesus!