Teach us to number our days and recognise how few they are, to that we may spend them as we ought. (Ps 90:12)
As humans we like to number things. Houses have numbers, registration plates have numbers, phones have numbers. We’ve also counted days for millennium. It’s what we do. We remember the years, we count the months, we tick off each day of the week. The older you get the quicker times seems to go too. Yet most live as if our days are endless, and try to suppress anything that might remind us that one day, perhaps today, or maybe in 50 years, we will physically die (see why- Ro 6:23), we will all die and then face judgement (Heb 9:27).
This verse reminds us of our need for humility, yes; our need to spend our days wisely, yes. But its greatest reminder is to measure our finitude in light of God’s greatness and our eternity. The “wisely” bit is a moral wisdom. In light of our limited days, have we used them to seek Jesus and find Him, to cultivate the greatest of all relationships with God the Father through faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins? Or, do we keep plodding on, ignoring the Almighty?
Someone once compared the average lifespan to a clock, this is what they came up with:
If you are 15, the time is 10:25 A.M.
20, the time is 11:34 A.M.
25, the time is 12:42 P.M.
30, the time is 1:51 P.M.
35, the time is 3:00 P.M.
40, the time is 4:08 P.M.
45, the time is 5:15 P.M.
50, the time is 6:25 P.M.
55, the time is 7:34 P.M.
60, the time is 8:42 P.M.
65, the time is 9:51 P.M.
70, the time is 11:00 P.M.
Where does this put you? How have you spent your life? Have you spent it seeking the Kingdom of God? What about Jesus? Where would you spend eternity if you died today? Eternity is a long time to be wrong, so let’s be morally wise and seek Jesus whilst He may be found (Isa 55:6-7). Then when time as we know it ceases and we enter into eternity, it won’t be an eternity of regret but one of eternal life.
The Lord’s Sweetest Blessings,