By   •   February 22, 2005   •   Topics:


Does the Bible say somewhere that God has promised to give us 70 years of life? I don't remember where I heard this but I wonder if it's true.


You may be thinking of the psalmist’s words in Psalm 90:10: “The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength.”

God wasn’t promising that every person would live to be seventy or eighty, however; the psalmist was simply describing our normal human experience. Our times are in God’s hands, and for some their journey on earth is much shorter. Jesus was crucified when He was still in His 30s; the first martyr, Stephen, likewise was probably still a young man when he was put to death for his faith (see Acts 7).

The real point the psalmist was making is that no matter who we are, our time on earth is limited, and someday death will overtake us. Death is a reality, and no one evades it—no matter how strong they are or how many years they live: “You sweep men away in the sleep of death” (Psalm 90:5).

But this leads us to two very important questions. First, how should we prepare for death? People may spend years preparing for a career or advancing in their job—and yet never take five minutes to think about eternity and what will happen to them when they die. But when we know Christ, we know this life is not all, and ahead of us is heaven. Have you put your faith in Him?

The other question is this: How should we spend the days God does give us? Will we live for ourselves—or will we live for God? Put Christ first, and make your days count for Him.

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  1. peterklaszs says:

    In need of life changing messages

  2. Pst. James G.Kollie says:

    The best place to enjoy life is in the Lord Jesus Christ. This world is full of frustration but Christ has the answers to our many questions and also has the solutions to our problems. Lord Jesus please help me in my weakness.

  3. Elenoa Naivalu says:

    WE NEED TO BE READY ALL THE TIME! Thank you so much for this post.

  4. Lisa says:

    Thank you for the post. We are only here for a short period of time so we should not store up treasures on earth because this is not our home.

  5. james michaels says:

    thank you it helps me understand why my wife did not live 70 years

  6. Jane says:

    God said in Gen 6:3 he gave man 120 years. In Psalms 90 was a prayer that Moses prayed not what God said

    1. Elizah says:

      Psalm 90:10 references Moses prayer. Genesis 6:3, God states, 120 years of life. Of course, man’s destructive ways, alter God’s intent.

  7. Richmond says:

    Thank you for breaking it down

  8. Amanda says:

    I always think about eternity. I think about after life. I put my trust into my LORD.

  9. Mxolwana says:

    My arguments exactly. Some people believe that this statement was made by God yet it was not. Some of the statements in the bible are simply views of the writer and does not reflect the views the views or express promise or disapproval by God(father, son & holy spirit)