How would you respond if someone asked you how old you are? Most of us would probably say something like, “I am 16 or 22 or 54 or 76 years old.” In Genesis 47 Jacob is asked this very question by Pharaoh but he does not respond in the way that I just described. When asked how old he is Jacob responds, “the days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years…”“Big whoop!” is what you might be thinking. Who cares about the funny way some old man talks? How can that possibly help me in my daily walk?
Here is how it can help: To often we live under the delusion that this world is our home. The Scriptures, however, tell us exactly the opposite. The Scriptures tell us that we were made for another world. In this world we are just travelers (See Hebrews 11:13-16). We are just passing through like we are on vacation. That is what it means to be a sojourner. A sojourner is one who does not settle down but is constantly on a journey. That is what this life is; it is a journey. God is doing many things with us on this journey, but one of the things He is doing is trying to get us to realize that the journey really exists. Be aware today that your life is a short vapor (James 4:14). You will not be here long. So, what good are you doing on your journey and how are you preparing for the time when the journey is over? These are the thoughts that should be running through our mind throughout the day.