Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Last month just outside of San Francisco, former Major League Baseball player Eric Byrnes broke a world record by playing 420 holes of golf in 24 hours. One would have to complete a hole every five minutes to equal this mark. Eric Byrnes was definitely “full of golf” at the expiration of the 24 hours. However, one would have to think the quality of the golf in an attempt to break a speed record could not be very high. The quality of our lives isn’t isolated to a lone achievement or for the number of years we are blessed with by God. Many times the quality and quantity of our golf do not match up. The quality of our lives is measured by our faithfulness to Christ. Did we accept Him as our Savior and place our faith in Him? Did we pray for his will be done in our lives? Did we act according to the fulfillment of that will? We all will have our times of doubt or disorder in our lives. However, we should be in constant prayer our lives are lived like that of Abraham. Not only did he live a large quantity of years, but he lived a “large quality” of years. The scripture tells us as much. He died “in a good old age, an old man, and full of years.” Abraham lived on this Earth 175 years. Not only did he die an old man, but at a good old age. I like how John Gill in his commentary described this section of scripture. Abraham did not suffer from the ordinary “inconveniences and disadvantages” that is associated with old age. He did not die during a time of sickness or disease. He lived his years, finished his dedicated fight and then “gathered to his people.” Let’s live our best life by placing greater trust in our Lord each day!