Becoming a disciple: Numbering our days

Scripture – Psalm 90:2, 12

2 – Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

12 – Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Observation

Before there was earth or heavens or sea or sky, God was. He has been and will be forever. He is not a product of a cosmic event or an appointed guardian of enormous proportions. He is all. Our minds would explode if we could grasp all that God is.

Because it is such a mind-blowing concept, it is easy to focus on things we can understand and get our minds around. This leads to wasting our days and our lives.

Moses was a guy who talked to God face to face, as friends; he was even permitted to see the form of the LORD. His relationship with God was strong and healthy. Yet it is he who asks God to teach him to number his days so that he might gain a heart of wisdom.

Application

Stewardship. It is easy, even walking closely with Jesus, to squander our seconds, our minutes, our hours, our days, our weeks, our months and our years.

How do we “number our days”? Intentionality. Planning. Priorities. Stewardship.

We need to be very aware that every breath is a gift from God and that every day on this planet is a blessing. I look back and can count the thousands of days I have wasted. The thousands of days that not one moment has been invested into anything of the kingdom of God. I cannot change the past, but it can be redeemed if I number the days that remain, whether few or many.

What happens when we decide to take account and number the days we have left? We become wise. How does this wisdom come? By setting priorities and using guidelines to say “yes” to some things and “no” to others. Over time, like compound interest, wisdom grows almost imperceptibly.

Prayer

Father, you are and have always been. You decided to create man and you decided to redeem man. Thank you for extending this redemption to me. Teach me to number my days so that I might grow in wisdom. I look back at the past three decades and am mostly ashamed. But I look ahead to the next three decades and am excited to walk each one with intentionality through the power and enabling of your Holy Spirit. Give me opportunities each day to make decisions that positively impact your kingdom and that don’t detract from it. My life is yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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