Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

 “And Jacob said unto Pharoah, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”

Genesis 47:9


I would imagine that all of us have some incident or event that took place that if we could, we would go back and change. Unfortunately, that is an impossibility. Once an act is committed, a deed done, a thought hatched, it cannot be removed. It is like a bullet fired from a gun at an intended target. Once fired, it cannot be retracted.

Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God says Genesis 32:28, was standing before Pharoah the ruler of Egypt on that certain day, and when asked by Pharoah of his age, responded in truth to him. Paraphrased it would be akin to something like this: “I’ve lived a short life in comparison to my forefathers as a result of some wrong decisions.”

We read that statement today and think, Wow, a hundred and thirty years to that point in his life! What a long time! By the way, he lived a total of 147 years according to Genesis 47:28. The key in Jacob’s statement is not his “longevity” but rather his lack of “integrity” earlier in his life. The old adage, “A man is only as good as his word,” is still true today.

What type of life does one have if they do not strive to live a life of integrity? Where do those rules and laws come from? We need to strive to live our lives in according to the Bible. As Jesus stated in John17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: Thy Word is truth.” There is no substitute for a clear conscience.

According to the Book of Romans, there is no substitute for having a clear conscience with God which only comes whenever a person obeys the Biblical mandate to repent and receive him as Savior.

Where do you presently stand with God? 

Think about it.