The year 2020 has been an enormous challenge for us all. While we may hope for better days in 2021, we have no idea what is in store for us. This is why we are commanded by Jesus not to worry about tomorrow, today has enough trouble of its own. Truer words have never been said and with that in mind, I am forced to ponder what we are told in Psalm 90, which is to number our days.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 KJV
Maybe it’s just part of the human condition, but many of us, including myself, go about our lives as if tomorrow is for certain, as if we are going to live in this world forever. However, that is not our reality, and this thinking lacks wisdom and a sense of urgency.
We have a brief life to live. On the scale of eternity, our lives are but a grain of sand on an endless beach.
“For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:9-10 KJV
Our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14), and If this is true, then what is our response? Should we live our lives in such a way as to squeeze out every little experience and embrace every bit of pleasure? Let it not be! Instead, let us live our lives with a desperation for the Kingdom of God. Let us pursue God, His goodness, and His will with all of our being.
While our lives here in this wicked world may be short and filled with labor and sorrow, our future is an eternity with the creator of all things, whose right hand is full of joy and pleasures evermore (Psalm 16:11).
May we allow God to teach us to number our days, and may we not be ignorant of our current condition. Likewise, may we look forward to our heavenly reward with great anticipation and excitement, forsaking the trinkets and pleasures of this wicked world. Finally, may our brief lives create giant waves for the Kingdom of God, which impact the state of the world forever.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9