by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NIV)
My brother and I had a conversation the other day about life. We were reflecting over peers who have gone on to be with the Lord, some who are seriously ill, and others who appear to never have grown up. It really is interesting when you think about where we are in our early middle-aged years, versus where we were even a short time ago. I think that the heart of it all is the reality that we will not live forever. That was not the case all that long ago. Sure, we learned about the fragility of human life early on, but as we age, it is interesting to see just how fragile life really is.
When people believe and behave as though they will live forever, they can make careless choices an do reckless things. As views of mortality begin to sets in, though, a clearer sense of wisdom develops.
I like to think of wisdom as the proper application of knowledge gained. Scripture tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10); in other words, gauging our temporary lives by the eternal nature of God. When we learn we will not live on this earth forever, we begin to seek deeper meaning and purpose to make the most of the days that we have. Today’s verse is an encouragement to realize you will not live forever, so learn to live wisely to make a difference with the days you have and have left.
I hope that this realization will help you be a difference maker for everyone with whom you live and do life with. If you look first for wisdom, and living according to the heart of God, you will experience a life that lives forever — yours in the heart of our eternal Savior!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for today. Forgive me for the times when I live without considering your eternal nature. Help me to approach today wisely, so I may recognize I have the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life. I pray this in the name of our eternal difference maker, Jesus Christ; amen!