(Proverbs 3:16 KJV) Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Why is “long” (753) “life” (3117) something to be desired? We could play with the KJV’s “length of days” which is more literal but that begs my question. We could speculate that this includes eternity, and some day I might, but today I notice that the other hand has “riches” (6239) and “honor” (3519b) and, as they say, “you can’t take it with you”. Why are we not told to hurry up and get out of this life and move on to a better world?
I think one good question deserves another. Why did God create us in the first place? I sometimes think that we bring joy to Him by the constant generation of new experiences. The longer we are here on Earth the more we will have to add to the eternal stew and in some way God will savor it and allow us to join in the enjoyment. I know there is heresy waiting just around the corner as I talk about adding to God in any way but keep in mind that the Bible seems to indicate our praise and worship are something He desires.
So? Live long in righteousness. Why? This may be one of those places where God would just say, “Because I said so.”