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Number your days
Birthday celebrations provide, in every culture, one unique way our days on earth are measured. They are special occasions we recount our experiences and achievements over the years, months, weeks and days we have been around. It is an error to imagine that record of times and timeframes to accomplish specific life or other assignments are of lesser importance as finishing the tasks in themselves. Accurate records of our important dates and timeframes over which certain events happen are of utmost importance; they help to define our overall impact and effectiveness. It is, therefore, no surprise an entire book of the Bible, Numbers, was devoted to records. Numbers and record-keeping are extremely important!
The prayer of Moses in Psalms chapter 90 verse 12, “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” remains very timely and instructive today. “Teach us to number our days!”
Only deep thinkers appreciate wisdom behind numbering their days. Age is not static, it’s a very dynamic thing. Every sleeping and waking up reduces our remaining days to accomplish why we are here on earth by yet another day. You are older now than you were yesterday! You are older today than you were a year ago. In the midst of the hustling and bustling of life, we’re often carried away by thoughts of our dreams and desires, visions and ambitions. We assume having plenty of time to execute our assignments when, in reality, this is not so. When Moses requested the Lord would teach us the appropriate numbering of days, it was a serious deal!
Different metaphors are used in Scriptures to describe our lives and living, in general. Like a handbreadth! “Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you…” (Psalms 39:5, ESV). Like smoke! “For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.” (Psalms 102:3, ESV) Like vapour! “… For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14, KJV). The Bible paints the picture of life that, at its very best, is brief; very, very, brief! If all of the above were true, it stands to reason, therefore, for us to straighten up with God!
Living a carefree, godless and unrighteous life has damnable and eternal consequences. You probably got away in the past with certain acts and actions, some evil and wickedness, and thought you always will. Not so! You got away because God is not interested in the death of sinners. Though you never committed to Jesus in acts and actions, you got away because, He gave you yet another chance to repent (2 Peter 3:9). The day is coming when you won’t have another chance. Your days on earth will end. Maybe sooner than you thought! You will surely stand before God to account for your days on earth. It’s up to you, now – what you do with God’s offer of redemption! Will you accept or reject God’s offer?
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7, KJV)
I come to you today, heavenly Father. I acknowledge that I am a sinner, overwhelmed by life’s ups and downs, and in need of help. I repent of every sin today and ask for your forgiveness. I invite Jesus into my heart and receive Him now as my personal Lord and Saviour. I believe you have heard me, and receive your offer of rest for my soul by faith. In Jesus’ Name!
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