Psalms 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” KJV
I was talking to someone recently and they said, “Everybody wants to live forever!” The person meant in this life, not in eternity. As we discussed that topic, I had to agree that many people, if not most people, seem to feel that they have enough tomorrows to take care of the things they didn’t do today. Too often there is a complete absence of any urgency because there is plenty of time. We used to call that Procrastination. I’m not sure how it is termed today.
I have observed that there are a number of promises in God’s Word that are seldom claimed and stood on. In that sense, people live beneath their privilege in God. I’ve been accused of going overboard on God’s Promises, but it is my conviction that with each step we take in becoming more and more like Jesus there is more Power demonstrated in our lives, more Souls are impacted for the Kingdom, and more Victories are won in our lives. That does not sound like a bad place or focus to me.
In this Psalm, attributed to Moses, he was interceding for God to remove the curse that every Israelite over twenty years of age would die before reaching Canaan, and in that he stated that most are dying at seventy although some reach eighty. If we were to determine that eighty is our lifespan (I say that only for illustrative purposes) then we could divide our lives up into five-year segments and have sixteen of them to chart our journey through the maze called life. Of course, we do not know what tomorrow holds so that would be fruitless but for illustrative purposes follow me. How many have you used and how many do you have left?
What I want to stress is that Time is either a great asset or an enemy. Paul urged us to ‘redeem the time’. Effective stewardship of time is vital to our fulfilling our purposes in life and being truly successful. I believe that in order to fully tap into the resources, the ability, and power that you have, and God’s purposes three things must take place.
- PERCEPTION – – You Must Perceive…
Who you are for the perspective of Scripture! Initially, as Romans 3:23 identifies we were sinners in need of God. In Genesis 1:26 we find that we were created in God’s image. In John 1:12 we read that we are Sons of God based upon repentance. In Romans 8:17 we are told we are heirs of God. In Galatians 3:29 we find that we are heirs according to the Promise. We are informed that the Blessings of Abraham are ours and if we read Deuteronomy 28, we find some incredible promises and then in Hebrews 8:6, we find that our Covenant is a better covenant established on better promises!
Therefore, in light of Scripture Who Are You? If you have received Christ as your Savior, you are God’s Child. Where are you? What are your condition and your position in God? I remember the illustration of the little boy that fell out of bed and when his father asked him what happened he said, “I guess I stayed too close to the edge.” Move away from the edges and enjoy the blessings of God.
Where are you going spiritually? If we know Who we are based on Whose we are we must realize the possibilities for our lives based on the promises of God. We have great and precious promises for our Lord who has promised to never leave or forsake us.
I want to pause there and pick this up again tomorrow.
As you go through your day God with God and He will go with you! BLESSINGS!