“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Ps. 90:12
In the recent years, great attention has been drawn to the idea of numbering our days. Pastor Kerry Shook authored a devotional called, “One Month to Live” and country singer Tim McGraw crooned, “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Remember this song from Tim McGraw?
"I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
"And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
"And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'."
In Pastor Kerry Shook's book, he tries to urgently persuade you to embrace the life God has entrusted to you that you do not live out a mediocre Christian life. We should not be indifferent to the things of God except at church. Each day we should be dwelling on the purposes God has for our lives. Live for today.
This is a biblical concept. Meditate on Joshua 24:15. TODAY, you are to choose whom you will serve. In the Hebrew and the Greek this is poignant. Today is always TODAY. Not yesterday, nor tomorrow. It is the same as reading, “This very day, each day, choose whom you will serve!” I like choose as well. It means to take for oneself, to have preference, to elect. Every single day of your life, through the choices you make with your time, you reveal whom you chose to serve today.
In Ephesians 5:16, we study about redeeming time, or making wise use of time, because the days are full of labors, annoyances, and hardships and also translated as evil. Again, I love the depth of this statement. To redeem means to pay a price (with your money, time, talents, efforts, etc) to recover from the power of another! To make wise and sacred use of every opportunity! This truly sounds like the Lord gives us the occasion to employ our time judiciously to rescue others or ourselves from the power of the Devil or any distraction apart from God.
Today, I went through my own struggle. I had trouble focusing on this article and found myself wasting time on Facebook, instead of accomplishing that which the Lord has set before me. It is called procrastination. Putting off what I should be doing “in this instant” for His glory.
Dear God, please help me to number my days wisely, so that I may have Your heart of wisdom! How do you want me to spend this day?