How many years do you think you'll live? In terms of life expectancy Moses identified them in Psalm 90:9-10, "For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (10) The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years…" But he also captured the reason for promoting an inventory of our time; "… yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
Each of us has a certain number of years left and God knows that number. Therefore, perhaps our inventory should begin with petitioning God: "Father, I know my days are numbered. Please show me how to live my remaining days for Your glory. Help me sort out my priorities and align them with Yours. Help me to make the changes in my lifestyle that will allow me, as we read in Job 5:26, to come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season."
This reminds me of the saying I've heard in various forms through the years; "Plan like you're going to live forever, and live like you'll die tomorrow." Then let God decide.
All of our lives can be viewed seasonally. For example, young adulthood, middle age, and senior years; and those large blocks can be subdivided even further. A season might be when you are raising young children or a three-year, job-related move to a foreign country. We may find the seasons of our spiritual life changing as well. God may lead us into a different ministry for a period of time. Or, you may face personal challenges that require you to seek advice or help. Each of these seasons requires prayer and consideration by the steward of God's gift of time.
Regardless of the season, Moses' prayer in Psalm 90:12 applies to each of us: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." I think the phrase "number our days" means to look at a block of time—be it a week, month, year, season, or the rest of life—and take an inventory. Count your days; predict how many you have left; pray for wisdom in using those days for Christ and His kingdom. The apostle Paul emphasized the wisdom of taking an inventory in Ephesians 5:15-16: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." How have you lived the last week, month, or season of your life? Have you lived them with wisdom, which in Hebrew means "skill"? Ask God to give you a heart of wisdom about the days immediately ahead.
This week we begin a TWELVE part Weekly SERMON series on the MORAL LAWS of God, what we call the Ten Commandments. These moral principles of the law are timeless. They are neither relative to nor dependent upon circumstance. They are ABSOLUTE in authority because God is ABSOLUTE. Indeed, it is a tragic fact that down through history both individuals and nations have dashed themselves against these laws in their attempt to break them and the fragments of their remains may be found in the cemeteries, asylums, prisons, broken lives, broken homes and skid rows of this world. Today on every side we see the moral laws of God abandoned and court ordered off public buildings and out of classrooms. As a result, people plunge themselves into all manner of debauchery and wickedness.
Remember God's law cannot be broken! We may only break ourselves upon it and bring unto ourselves woe and shame.
In His Amazing Grace,
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