I pray that you’ve had a marvelous and blessed week. I also hope that the past few weeks looking at “Spiritual Gifts” have been of benefit to you. I surely enjoyed revisiting the subject.
As I was thinking about what to write this week I felt led to take our hearts and minds to the fleeting nature of life. I saw on the news this morning that several women were burned up in a limousine as they were out for a night on the town. Now, not that there’s anything wrong with limousines and “girl” time with one’s friends, but here we have 5 young women -30 something women-who left home with every intention of returning after a night out with their friends, several got out of the car, but 5 will never return home.
God tells us in Ps 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” And if we back up to verse 10 we see more about our days Ps 90:10 “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” We see that our days are very brief. The older I get and the grayer my hair turns I am more and more impressed with the brevity of our days and the fleeting nature of life. I can’t help but think of this as I reflect on the years of child-rearing and how quickly they have passed and now we have a grandson approaching 30, and grandchildren in college and high school, it seems like only yesterday that they were all babies and small children and now they are mostly adults! Oh, where does the time go? Psalm 103:15 reminds us that our days are like the grass “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.” And James 1:11 says almost the same thing “For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.” Our lives are fragile and life flies by as quickly as the grass fades in Oklahoma.
What about the approaching summer? Do we treasure each day? Do we live each day, as we should? It’s so easy to just take “summer” as a time to have no focus or direction, but to “roll with the flow”. But as God’s children we are compelled to live for Jesus every day. Matt. 6:24-34 “ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Our commitment? To be devoted to God—to seek FIRST God’s kingdom!!!
The difficult thing is to stay focused on God’s kingdom, to seek, and keep on seeking His will, His word, His ways—in other words HIS KINGDOM!! Matt. 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” We are not only to seek, but to keep on seeking, keep on knocking and keep on asking God until we find, have the doors opened unto us, and hear God’s answers. Luke 18:3-8 shows us another side of persistence, “And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Here Jesus reminds us that even the “un”righteous judge answered the persistent widow, how much more will our loving Father hear and answer us as we persistently seek HIS face?
What does this have to do with “numbering” our days? Well, I think, a lot!! If we realize the sufficiency of our God to save, keep and supply our needs, then we can appropriately estimate and value each day as a gift from God. To see each day as an opportunity to worship and serve our God with all of our being. As Oswald Chambers so aptly put it, “Our utmost, for HIS highest”!! What less could we justify giving to our Lord and our God? I have no promise of tomorrow –only today—of NOW! Am I willing to live today for God, to know that I have so much to be thankful for and give each day and hour to my Lord and my God? If I knew I only had today would that make me look at each opportunity differently? I think that should be our mindset moment by moment. To trust in God to direct our steps, as James 4:13-15 declares “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that..” Let’s commit ourselves anew and afresh to seek God’s face moment by moment for our daily living. Acts 17:28 “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; …..” How? By feeding on HIS WORD, by spending time in prayer–talking and listening. Have a blessed week and count each day precious—keeping our “eyes on Jesus”.