|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM|
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
This is such a poetic way of stating the cold, hard facts: our days are numbered by God. They are definitely going to come to an end.
The Bible teaches us in Psalm 139 that even before we were born, while still in our mother’s womb, God had already written in his book the number of days we would be given upon this earth.
Just as we know not the day or the hour of Christ’s return, we know not the day or the hour when we will be called out of this life into eternal life to meet Him face to face!
We should have a sense of holy urgency, even if we may still have 20, 40 or 60 years ahead of us. Today might be our last! Make it count!
What if today were your last day? What would you do? Who would you speak to? What would you say?
God calls us to intimate relationship with Jesus, the Living Word of Wisdom. It is the most important relationship of all time, and it is the best relationship ever, yet so many are unable to make time for Him.
I confess that I struggle now and then, through seasons of life, to sit at the feet of Wisdom. Yes, life gets in the way! But, that’s really no excuse, not in the light of the glorious gifts of God!!
What is there to gain by making scheduled appointments with the Lord? Wisdom, of course, and on many levels.
We recalculate who we are, why we are here, Whom it is that we serve, and how He desires that we impact the world around us. That really encompasses the essence of our existence.
It’s not all about us. It is all about Jesus at work in us and through us ,and He blesses us with every good thing in the process. It's not a bad deal!
We already considered time management as a huge element of living in the Wisdom of God. God is the Supreme Time Management Consultant. We should check in with Him daily.
Wouldn’t you agree that most stress could be eliminated if we had God’s wisdom on prioritizing our lives?
No less important is understanding who we are in Christ so we may be fully persuaded that God is with us and expects us to have an impact while we are here.
When we discover His purpose for our lives, and walk in it, peace is the gift of God to us. Knowing that we are smack dab in the middle of God’s will and assignment is the ultimate in finding peace and joy.
It gives us focus and fulfillment, even on the busiest day.
As the Bible teaches, we are the clay which has been formed by a quite capable Potter. He has marked us for a certain kind of service, and equipped us to live it out.
Wisdom is waiting to speak into our lives. How willing are we to make time to listen?
Psalm 90 paints a picture of the darker side of life in verses 7 – 11. We don’t usually want to dwell on these things. Moses begins by praising God, then quickly gives a bleak account of how weak humans are in their own strength.
We are nothing more than grass that’s here in the morning and gone at night, withered and scorched by the trials of life. Surely, we are made for more than that!
But, even as it contrasts the waywardness of the people of Israel with the Majesty of God, it really tells the truth about our own lives as well, unless we are rooted in the Wisdom of God which is Christ Jesus.
Can you relate? As you pray through Psalm 90, imagine Moses leading Israel through the desert for 40 years.
After such spectacular provision by Holy God to free them from slavery in Egypt, the Hebrew children still cycled through seasons of faithfulness and rebellion, obedience and sin.
No wonder Moses prayed this way! I see him as an old and weary man, but still full of hope! He had confidence in the Covenant of God.
If Moses was praying this for 40 years in the wilderness, he understood God’s wrath and justice. But, he also witnessed firsthand the goodness and compassion of God.
Do you realize that all the needs of 600,000 or more Jews in the desert were met?
They had manna from heaven, water from the rock, a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They received a gift of quail when they were complaining about manna, and their clothing and shoes didn’t wear out! Amazing! Astounding!
For us, today, life can be full of frustrations and distractions, hardships and grief. It is brief, and we are limited in our strength and intelligence.
But, God has been our dwelling place, home and habitation, for all generations. He is our covering and protection. He is our supply.
What if today was your last?
We rejoice because His wrath has been satisfied by Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. We have a place for eternity. But, while we are still here....
He gives us wisdom to seek after more than the things of earth….We seek after HIM, after JESUS, after WISDOM which will focus our heart’s desire and align us with His will.
Wisdom gives us eternal perspective. Wisdom helps us avoid the foolish mistakes, and gains for us the favor of God.
So, let us humble ourselves before the Only Wise God, and with the help of the Holy Spirit develop self –discipline, and an ear to hear and apply eternal truths.
Then can true joy be the song of our lives. He knows the number of our days, and He knows how to make them count! God will gift us to live our days for an eternal impact on those around us and future generations.
Do you believe that? Do you want that? I certainly do. Share His truth liberally!
The Psalm ends full of hope and direction. Verse 14 shows us the one thing upon which true wisdom will focus: the unfailing love of God. Guaranteed. Halleluia! Amen!
Be sure to compare Psalm 90 with Ephesians 5:15 – 17 and even through verse 21.
How does the plight of the Israelites compare to your life? Are you wandering in a desert right now, or spinning your wheels?
Take some time to ask Wisdom to guide your day and illuminate your heart to any hidden sin. Confess it.
Welcome the discipline of God as He speaks Wisdom into your circumstance.
Obey Him when He reveals your time wasting activities. Pray about changes God wants you to make this week. Who does He want you to impact with life changing hope?
Glorious God, You have the words of everlasting life. We are yours, and you never fail to refine us for your pleasure and your service. Give us open hearts and ears to hear your voice today. Amen.
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