Job 8:8-10 (NLT)
8 “Just ask the previous generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors. 9 For we were born but yesterday and know nothing. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow. 10 But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you the wisdom of old.

These are the words of Bildad the Shuhite as he replied to Job during his time of suffering. He gives a discourse on hypocrites and sinners who have fallen. Bildad even discloses he does not know everything about God and God’s love. They did not have all the wisdom of God’s words that have been passed to us in present age. And he acknowledges time passes quickly in life therefore we should learn from the wisdom of others.

I was reminded last night how fleeting our days on earth are. Our lives here are nothing more than shadows that exist for a period of time and then fade away from the earth. Our family dachshund died last night due to congestive heart failure. One moment she was here, laboring with her breathing and looking up contently with her brown eyes as she was being held. In the moment of a split second her head collapsed and she was gone. I have heard many a sermon say death is but one heart beat away. We are always closer to death than we realize. God graciously and mercifully gives us our time here on earth. Our time needs to be lived searching out the wisdom of God and applying it to our lives. For we too are but shadows that exist for a moment in time and then we are gone. Hopefully we have placed our faith in the salvation God has provided. Hopefully we realize that salvation comes from a great love for us and a grace and mercy that are beyond bounds.