Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, so that we may get a heart of wisdom.” TLV
Everybody or almost everybody wants to live forever and to have more than enough tomorrows to take care of all the things we did not do or do not want to do today. We want to live as though there is no need to be concerned because there is plenty of time to do all that we want to do tomorrow or later. There are many promises of God found in the Word of God that are infrequently claimed by believers.
In verse ten we find the thought of our days is 70-80 years. The Ten Commandments inform us that if we honor our parents the promise is to enjoy length of days on this earth. Therefore, eighty years is not etched in stone, some live longer and some live less. However, if we take eighty as our benchmark that would be sixteen five-year segments. I pray that all of us live longer than eighty but let us use that for our discussion.
That would mean that we have sixteen five-year periods to do all that we want to do in life. The question then is, how many have you used up, and how many are left in that equation? For me, I would be in the last installment, and I believe that I will live longer than that, but I carefully consider what I want to do I need to do and no longer procrastinate.
Time is either our greatest asset or enemy in life. The apostle Paul instructs us to Redeem the Time because the days are evil. Considering the condition of our world and the need to spread the Good News of the Gospel we must work while it is yet day for the night comes when we can no longer work.
Time is a commodity that we need to learn to effectively use if we hope to be of value to the Kingdom, our families, and our world. How much time do we waste? In order to tap into the resources, ability, and power we have inherent in us, three things must transpire.
- WE MUST PERCEIVE…
Perceive what? We must perceive Who we are and Whose we are. In Genesis 1:26 we are informed that we are created in the Image of God. In John 1:12 we are told that we are Sons and Daughters of God. In Romans 8:17 we discover that we are Heirs of God and Joint Heirs with Jesus. In Galatians 3:29 we realize that we are heirs according to the Promise. In Deuteronomy 28 we discover that Abraham’s Blessings belong to the Children of God and in Hebrews 8:6 we are told that we have a Better Covenant established upon Better Promises.
So, Who are you? You are all that and more! The question then would be where are you on the path of becoming and where are you going defined by your course in life?
- WE MUST PREPARE…
Preparation always precedes blessing and, in a journey, when there is no preparation there will be no reaching the desired destination. You have to prepare for your journey. It is vital that we know the Promises of God and the Provisions of God’s Word and Spirit. In that, it is vital that we know our Inheritance. The preparation is mental, physical, and spiritual. Are you preparing for your journey in this life and the next life?
- WE MUST PROCEED…
Proceed on the planned path. Action is required. We must discover our potential by seeing the possibility that is in us through Trusting God. Therefore, it is time that we begin to Go and Do what Jesus did.
I have people tell me, I cannot be a Moses, Elijah, Paul, John, Peter, Daniel, David, etc.? I always ask Why Not? Christ in us is the Hope of Glory and if He is living His life in and through us, and He is eternally the same, then Why Not?
I have some tell me, I cannot be an Overcomer the trials, tests, and temptations are too many and difficult. I always ask Why Not? God says you are more than a conqueror through Jesus, so Why Can’t You Be What He Says You Are?
I have some who insist that miracles are a thing of the past or they cannot have miracles in their life. I always as Why Not? You are a miracle and if Jesus is eternally the same and the Word of God is infallible, then Why Not and Why Not Now?
I ask that you stop and look at your life. Where are you right now? Where have you come from? Where are you going? So, are you allowing it to waste away with no significant accomplishment? Who are you? I suggest that you reread what I have listed as who God says you are. Where are you going? You are pursuing the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and in that, you have to answer where you want to go. I suggest that you determine to let God help you get there.
Now is the time to turn it all around and turn your life over to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and determine that you will make every day you have left count for God. You do not have to do great exploits; you only have to do what God sets before you.
I conclude by asking, “Who are you?” How much time do you have left? Obviously, you cannot answer that definitively regarding time left, but now is the time to begin pursuing your dreams in Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to make every moment count. Redeem the time and make the most of every moment, it could be your last.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day He has provided. Rejoice!