Numbering our Days

“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. (Psalm 90:12) These are the words of Moses in the only one of the Psalms credited to his authorship. What Moses is saying is we need to grasp how short this life of ours is and how much we need to concentrate on the important things and not waste ourselves on the trivial. Every day that the sun rises is another gift from God; every breath we take, in health and in peace, we should take in gratefulness, for known only to God is the number of our days. Verse 10 says, “the days of our years are three score and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away”.               Seventy or eighty years is our life expectancy, and they will be filled with work and with trials, and afterwards, there is an end and we need to be prepared to meet it. When a child, it’s hard to picture yourself as a fifty year old, yet, in a blink of the eye the time passes and the child is fifty. Where shall we find ourselves when we blink again? Our final hours can be a time of peace or great agitation, depending how the fading life has been spent. “Hear 0 my son, and receive my sayings: and the years of thy life shall be many”. (Prov. 4:10) As Solomon sought to teach wisdom to his children, so God seeks to teach us. Like cause and effect, applying God’s wisdom can add years to our lives. Wisdom doesn’t act foolishly or take careless chances. Wisdom sees the big picture and can visualize the future rewards or consequences of it’s          decisions. There are always the unforeseen events that cut a life short, but they should remind us of the importance of the words, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found”.  (Isa. 55:6) Our lives are full with the demands of work,          the needs of our families, schooling, hobbies, holidays, and much needed rest. Let not all these things squeeze out our responsibility to God. Our days are numbered. Don’t run out of them before you are ready.

This entry was posted in Food for Thought. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *