Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
This life on earth is like a breath. Before we can know what happened, it’s come to an end. No matter how much effort we put into gaining things for ourselves – possessions, wealth, prestige, pleasure – we leave everything behind in the end. As the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.”
As followers of Christ, we should be seeking to prioritize our time in this short existence to use our time in the way God wants us to. Our prayer should mimic the Psalm, asking God to teach us to number our days, that we may know Him more fully and bring about His will. Our desire should be for a heart of wisdom.
Two practical applications for learning to number your days: seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and store up God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11). Make the most of what God’s given you.
———- What changes can you make to the way you use your time in order to make the most of it?
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
Time is a limited resource. We only have so many minutes, and we don’t know how many that will be in the end. We have to do what we can with what we have. Carpe diem. It’s easier said than done, though.
The Psalmist declares, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), which many of us take to mean that we should live life to the fullest and get everything out of it that we can. If we read the entire Psalm in context we something different though. There’s a lot in there about God’s wrath and about affliction. The author even says at one point, “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.” (Psalm 90:15)
Even in the times when we’re suffering, we can bring God glory. Even when life hurts, we can make the most of it by living for Him. Asking the Lord to help us number our days is about Him helping us to see how we can serve Him no matter where we find ourselves.
If we resolve never to lose one minute of time, but even in the hardest moments look to the Creator of time, we will live worthy of His calling. That’s what I want to aim for this year. Will you too?
Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
There’s a lot of talk in the Bible about wisdom, a lot of direction on how to walk as someone who is wise. It’s pretty clear that God is for us being wise, but not just in our own understanding. He wants us to pursue His ways and His wisdom.
With only so many hours in the day, our schedules can fill up pretty quickly. If we’re not careful, they’ll be full of things that aren’t all that important. The entertainment we cram into our day, the selfish ambitions we seek after, those are all time wasters when we could be moving into the will of God.
He’s doing what He’s doing, with or without us, but the wise person knows to jump on the wave and go with God’s flow. It’s a foolish person who intentionally rejects the will of God to go after some temporary thing to be had on this earth.
Be careful how you use your time. God’s given you 24 hours in a day to live out the life He’s called you to. He’s given you an instruction book, a Helper, and a family to aid you in doing it all. Make the right choice: be who you were created to be.
Matthew 25:20-21 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Even if you consider yourself poor, you’ve been given a lot in this life. God has provided you with time, breath, relationships, jobs, education, housing, money, talent, vehicles, luxuries. While all of the above may not be true for you, at least some of these things have been placed in your care. They don’t belong to you, but you have the responsibility to take care of these things and make the best use of them.
Some squander everything they’ve been given, never fully utilizing their resources for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. But you don’t have to be one of those people. You have a job? Work hard as though working for the Lord and not for man. (Colossians 3:23) You have children? Work hard to train them up in the way they should go and when they’re older they won’t depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) You have money? Make it work for God. (Luke 16:9) Married? Husbands love your wives, (Ephesians 5:25) wives submit to your husbands. (Ephesians 5:22) Most of all, use your time for the things of God. You only have so much of it.
No matter what it is, it belongs to God and it’s only been put in your possession for a time. Make the most of it for the glory of God. Take care of what you have, but don’t worship it. Worship the One who gave it.