When we are young, we think we will live forever, but as we grow older, we should realize that forever is relative. It took some time, but I’ve learned to number my days. Moreover, I’ve realized that my days are numbered. Only the Lord knows how many I have left.
If you watched any news this week you probably heard about the duck boat tour in Missouri that was overcome by a storm resulting in the deaths of seventeen people ranging from one to seventy-six years of age. You may also have heard about a grocery store shooting in Canada that resulted in two dead and thirteen injured. There has been flooding in Pennsylvania that has resulted in two deaths, and three active wildfires in California that have killed two people. Currently, life expectancy in the United States is 78.6years, or 28,708.65 days, if we are numbering our days. There is no guarantee that we will live that many days. Many people do not live to reach the age of 78.6 years.
Psalm 90:12 NIV states, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The English Standard translation is, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” The Contemporary English Version translates this verse as, “Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.” We don’t know how much time we have. Every day we live could be our last. Every moment could be our last. How can we reconcile this unknown?
Each translation of Psalm 90:12 uses the word wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) We receive wisdom from the Lord. We may gain knowledge from our textbooks, and from the news, our through our experiences, but true wisdom is from the Lord. As we number our days, we must turn to God putting our faith and our trust in Him. We must study God’s Word to know His plans for our lives.
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Yours, in Christ!
Copyright 2018 Kimberly Griffith Anderson
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