I could not think of any other way to start blogging without first address what I think should be important to everyone, valuing our days. “Life is here today and gone tomorrow.” “Life is gone in a flash.” These are just two of our modern metaphors that describe the brevity of life.
As we embark on a new day the former becomes history. This new day gives us opportunity to make a positive impact in the world. How we choose to spend our twenty-four hours, is totally up to us by the choices that we make.
Wisdom teaches us that it is important to value each day because the choices we make during our brief stay on earth have eternal consequences.
Our earthly lives will not last long, and we need wisdom to prepare for what follows. Moses was a man who knew God better than most mortals, yet he had experienced the sting of God’s punishment for his sin and yearned to help others avoid it (Numbers 20:12). He pleaded with the Lord to help humankind realize that we will all answer to God for deeds done in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Jesus told a parable in Luke 12:19–21 of a rich man who wanted only to “eat, drink, and be merry” and had no time or thought for God. The rich man believed he had years yet to enjoy his pleasures, but God required his soul that very night. If the rich man had learned to “number his days,” he would have pursued ventures that had eternal significance.
We can learn from this parable that none of us know how many days we will be granted, so we must not waste them on silly, selfish pursuits that have no real value. God’s desire for human beings is that we learn, grow, and seek wisdom (Proverbs 2).
It is important to note that we were created to walk in fellowship with God, discovering the mysteries and delights He has given throughout creation. The Lord enjoys partnering with us as we pursue all He designed for us to accomplish (Psalm 37:23; Ephesians 2:10).
When we live in harmony with Him, death is simply a change of address. Our enjoyment of Him continues unabated when we step from this life into eternity.
Those who have learned to number their days spend them in pursuit of wisdom, goodness, and the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). They don’t have to fear the wrath of God when their earthly lives are over.
Jesus came to earth to make a way for us to be made right with God (2 Corinthians 5:21). But He won’t force His gift of eternal life on anyone (John 3:16–18). Time is precious! Make sure you spend it with the right people.
When we learn to number our days, we see each day as a valuable gift and an opportunity to store up treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33; Revelation 22:12).
Prayer: “LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am” (Psalm 39:4).
“For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope” (1 Chronicles 29:15) without You.