Teach Us To Number Our Days

The psalmist gives us a good description of a man empty of understanding: foolish and unprepared for the eternity. Life on this earth is compared to the flowers of the fields, which are today and gone tomorrow- fragile and uncertain. Peter confirms it by saying, for all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass; the grass withers and the flower falls away (I Peter 1:24). James compares it to a vapor. He said, You are a wisp of vapor (James 4:14b). The certainty of life is only found in God alone, who created us and controls our destiny. So Moses’ prayer remains: Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. In planning our life, we must say, “If the Lord is willing we shall live and we shall do this or that” (James 4:15).

The wilderness of life is surely difficult and unpredictable, because we have disregarded God, the Essence of life.  When Moses asked God to teach them to number their days, or the span of their lives, he had come to the conclusion that life is temporal. Numbering the days of our life is to be aware of life’s futility and the need to depend on God. What is the future of a wicked person?  Proverbs 10:27 says, the fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days; but the years of the wicked shall be made short. There is no hope, no light, no dawn for those who willingly go the way of their destruction by ignoring the fleeting of their lives. Paul teaches us to live a life that will guarantee us a future that will be secure and fulfilled: Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise, making the very most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is… (Eph. 5:16-17). The will of the Lord is for us to realize our life’s frailty and to live as if today was our last day on this earth. Measuring the days allotted for each of us is recommended for a spiritual successful life. Conducting ourselves as citizens of heaven, and worthy of the Gospel is being aware of the fleeting of this life, and focusing on the life to come, for we are citizens of the state which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await the Lord YAHSHUA  Messiah, Savior, Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself (Phil. 3:20).

When focusing on life eternal, this earthly life is but a mere speck of time. It exists in preparation for the eternal one. It is not worthy to anybody to gain prestige, and fame here and end up in hell, a choice we make by the manner we choose to live. Earthly treasures will be left behind for someone else to enjoy, and for the moth to destroy. Like earthly treasures so are men’s lives. His days are as grass; as a flower of the field, although he flourishes, when the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more (Ps. 103: 15-16).  Men are dust; and someday dust will call them to become what which they came from.  But life can have a beautiful ending in the arms of our Savior, when we give ourselves completely to Him; acknowledging His sovereignty over each of us, always numbering our days, knowing that the breath of life is a gift from God; knowing that He gives and He takes away, knowing that the span of our life only God knows and that we have no control over it, we will determine that we owe our very life to Him. Learning to number and measure our days on this earth is the first step of being in the right direction to acquire wisdom. It is the first step to understand how fleeting and how fragile life really is. It is the first step to understand the importance of using the time allotted to us wisely and purposely.


Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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