You shall come to the grave at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season. Job 5:26
Depending on when and where you shop for produce, you’ve likely seen the following: green bananas, rock-hard avocados, firm tomatoes, and fruits like peaches, plums, and melons that don’t seem to be ripe. International shipping means some produce can be picked long before it is ripe since many products will continue to ripen after harvest. The very best fruit, however, is plucked the day it is to be eaten—at the height of freshness, taste, and nutrition.
That ideal regarding food was also used metaphorically by one of Job’s friends who said, ideally, life should end “at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.” As with fruits and vegetables and grain, human life doesn’t always end “at a full age.” But for Moses, it did. He died at age 120 with his eyesight and strength fully intact (Deuteronomy 34:5-7). While we trust God with the number of our days (Psalm 139:16), we also should number our days so as to live a wise life (Psalm 90:12).
God’s harvest could come at any time. Be at the peak of wisdom and maturity each day—ready to be harvested at full maturity!
Make the determination to abide in Jesus. Oswald Chambers