While having a restless night recently, instead of counting sheep, I decided to count days!
I calculated that at my next birthday (if I am still alive), I will be 19,358 days old, (including leap years)!
With each passing year, we celebrate a birthday marking another notch on the steadily burning candle of life.
As well as celebrating each passing year, do we stop from time to time to celebrate and thank God for each new day?
In Psalm 90: 12 we read “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
We can sometimes be so focused on the bigger picture of life that we can miss out on the important detail of each day, and the opportunities we are given to learn along the way.
Along with the opportunities to learn, God has given us all the capacity to know Him in this life.
He has revealed Himself to us in a variety of ways.
Through His Word the Bible, through sending Jesus, through the established Church, through His Creation...the question is – are we taking the time and the opportunity to hear, see and grow wise in the things of God?
Or, are we so focused in the other things of life that we will miss out in not only knowing Him in the here and now, but also knowing Him for all of eternity?
The Psalmist also says in the same Psalm of our years that they are but toil and trouble, and we soon fly away.
None of us are certain of living to a ripe old age.
However, what we are assured of by God is that, if we come to Him in genuine repentance (turning) from our sin and rebellion against Him, accepting His Son Jesus as our only Saviour, then He will forgive us and accept us now and forever. Acts 2: 38 “Repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and receive the gift of God’s Spirit.”
How many days do we have left? What will we do to gain a heart of wisdom?
Ps 90: 12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”