Ecclesiastes 8:17

17 Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it. 

A legendary New York mobster John “Sonny” Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo Crime Family, has died at 103. He died of natural causes at a nursing home in New York. He was 100 when he was released from the Federal Medical Center after being sentenced to eight years in prison in 2011 at age 93. He was sentenced to 50 years on a 1967 bank robbery charge. He was paroled up to six times, but was sent back to prison after every time. Franzese took pride in living by the underworld code of “Omerta” and never becoming a mob rat.

A mobster lived up to 103 years old but many good and kind people don’t live that long. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:11, Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist. John the Baptist died at a young age of 30 approximately. Did Christ imply that it is not about years we live on earth that He considers great but the way we live our lifestyle?

It says in Romans 9:18-21, 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

The Lord has decided the length of our life. If we live long or short, praise belongs to God. To know and do God’s purposes for us is a better choice than to question His design for us. Ultimately, it is by God’s grace, we are saved through faith and not by logic.

Lord Jesus, increase my faith to keep trusting You!

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