Teach Us To Number Our Days (2nd Study)

Our decisions should be based on the awareness of the shortness of life, with wisdom and discernment concerning toward our future. Moses prayer was, Lord, teach us to number our days that we may get us a heart of wisdom (vs.12).  There is much to ponder in this short sentence in its depth. For a heart of wisdom is a heart with the presence of God. For He is Wisdom. The fear of Him is certainly, the beginning of wisdom lodging in the heart of men. King David gave his son Solomon words of wisdom that should have had a greater influence in his life than what he showed. In his writing the book of Proverbs, Solomon shared his father’s words of instructions concerning Wisdom:  Forsake not Wisdom, and she will keep, defend and protect you; love her and she will guard you. Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her (Prov. 4:6,8). Life is a gift from God. It is a duty of men to acknowledge Him in all we do, for it depends solely on God. Awareness of the shortness and fragility of life, is a way to act wisely. James 4:13-14 confirms: Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. You do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air]. Nothing wrong planning, but always include the Lord in our plans. As James continued, You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that. But it is, you boast in your presumption and your self-conceit. All such boasting is wrong (James 4:14-15).

Moses’ prayer expresses the need for us to realize that we are like a flower- transitory in existence; it disappears when the breath of God blows on it, for it is frail as grass. (Isaiah 40:6-8). We are but a breath away from fading away. It is however, the Word of the Lord that is forever. How should we live then? If we knew that we had only a few days to live, would we continue living as if life was forever? Of course, not! We would put things in order and be ready. Life is like that, though. Uncertain, very uncertain. Death has no respect for age. From newborn to one hundred years old, and in between, it will show itself in a non expected moment and unforeseen. YAHSHUA told a parable of a foolish rich man, whose harvest yielded plentifully. He considered and debated within himself what he should do. I will pull down my storehouses and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years. Take your ease; eat, drink and enjoy yourself merrily. But God said to him, You fool! This very night they will demand your soul of you; and all the things that you have prepares, whose will they be? (Luke 12:16-20). His foolishness was in the fact that he did not consider the uncertainty of his life span. Instead, he concerned himself with gathering earthly things for a future he was not in control.

While young, no one thinks about the uncertainty of life and rightly so. However, wisdom applied when we are yet young, lets us know that life is short and the life style we live must be constructive and the time that is given us must be used as if it were the last minute given us in this life, no matter how old one is. The real matter here is preparedness to meet God at any moment in life. Walk circumspectly said Paul, live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as 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 God is (Eph. 5:15-17). A heart of wisdom Moses desired is summarized in these verses. Acknowledging God as our sovereign Lord in all we plan to do, is for sure a step in the right direction to be in the right and straight path planned by Him. “If the Lord wills” should follow any plan that comes out of our mouth, be it of long or short term. Who knows how long do we have in this earth to be planning our lives outside of the time span God has given us? A wise heart that seeks Him by faith, is sensitive to His will and His plans. That person will receive God’s favor in return, reflected in the abundance of God’s blessings in his life, as Moses prayed, Let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands,- yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it (vs.17).

The brevity of life is confirmed also by David in Psalm 103:15-16: As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more. Moses said, The days of our years are three-score years and ten (seventy years)- or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years); yet is their pride only labor and sorrow, for it is soon gone and we fly away (vs.10). Those of us who have reached this age, understand well Moses’ definition of it. Coming thus far, we no longer dream, but all we think is just a day to day have to do things. Life, then seemly short and fast, is on its way out. We will soon fly away from this body of corruption, to receive our new and uncorrupted body.

Eternity seems closer to us now, and the sense of moving from this earth is more reality to us. We often ask, Where did the time go? Just a closer look at one’s old folk face, we can tell where time went, adding years to the body and mind of us all. “One day at a time” not so fast, Lord. Make it slow, and in slow motion. Let us not feel the strain of time in our body and mind.



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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