Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” NASB
As the song of years gone by, ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die,’ we often live our lives with a sense of permanence that is deceptive. Most people I have dealt with or worked with in my years of ministry seem to believe that they will have ‘more than enough tomorrows’ to do the things they either did not do or did not want to do today. Too often people neglect the vital, focus on the important or trivial, and demonstrate little concern because they believe that they will have time to do it later. We call that Procrastination!
Any student of the Bible knows that there are promises from God in His word that are seldom claimed, appropriated, and stood on in individual lives. It has been my observation that too many live ‘beneath their privilege’ in God. I have had people tell me that I focus too much on God’s Promises. I do not consider that a flaw, but I believe that God gave the promises because He wanted us to enjoy, appropriate them, stand on them, and live them in this present world. I believe that with each step closer to becoming “like” Jesus we find more Spiritual Power in our lives, touch more Souls of men, and experience more Victory in our daily lives!
This Psalm is attributed to Moses. He was interceding for God to remove the curse that every Israelite over the age of twenty would die before the nation could enter the Land of Canaan. He even identified that most were dying at seventy though some are reaching eighty years of age.
If verse ten could somehow be attributed to us as a gauge of longevity it would produce an interesting possibility. [80 years or 16 – 5-year segments]. You could make that 100 years and you would have 20 – 5-year segments. I wonder how we would live if we evaluated our lives in 5-year increments? How many have you lived? How many do you have left? (Please understand I do not believe that this means we only can live 70-80 years, but I use it as an illustration).
Time is either the greatest asset or enemy that we have. Paul urged his listeners to redeem the time. Time is one thing we must learn to use effectively if we are to become the most effective in our lifespan. We are notorious time wasters, at least most of us are. In order to tap the resources available to us and utilize the ability and power, God has given us three things that must take place.
PERCEPTION – – – We must Perceive.
We must perceive ‘Who we are.’ Initially, we were sinners in need of God. We are created in the image of God and as John 1:12 tells us we are sons/daughters of God. Romans 8:17 identifies that we are heirs of God and Galatians 3:29 that we are heirs according to the Promise. We read of the Promises of God in Deuteronomy 28 and find in Hebrews 8:6 that we have a better covenant established on better promises.
We must perceive ‘Where we are.’ Or the condition or level of maturity we find ourselves. Some of us are like the little boy that fell out of the bed and when asked why he replied, “Because I stayed too close to the edge.” Some of us have stayed too close to the condition we were in when we first came to Christ.
We must perceive ‘Where we are going.’ That applies both spiritually and in this natural life.
PREPARATION – – We must Prepare to get where we are going.
It is vital that we know the Promises of the Book (Bible). It is imperative that we understand that the Bible is a tool, a weapon, a light, and a resource. It is vital that we know our inheritance as children of the Most-High God. We must prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually.
PROCEED – – We must Proceed Along the Planned and Purposed way.
It is important that we see our potential in God, understand and believe the possibilities, and trust God! If God says we are to be a Moses, Elijah, Paul, John, Peter, or Daniel why can’t we? The thing that made them unique was that they were fully surrendered and teachable.
It is important that we believe we can be overcomers because God says we already are in Jesus. It is important that we believe that God can work miracles through us. Remember who God says you are – – “A Child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Remember that His charted destiny for you is to do His will in this generation. Therefore, it is important that we allow God to guide and guard our hearts, thoughts, and lives. Remember, except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.
So, as you go through the rest of your life will you go as a POSSIBILITY or PROCRASTINATOR? The choice is yours.
May God be with you as you go through your day!