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So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 (NKJV)

At 50-years of age I am coming to grips that there are certain things I no longer have opportunities to do.  For instance, I won't become a fireman, police officer, or a renowned brain surgeon for that matter.  If I really wanted to be one of these professions, I would have had to make a commitment to it years ago.  

My point is simply this; we only have one shot at living our lives here on earth, and then as quickly as it came, it will be gone.  When we are deceased we will no longer have the opportunities to do the things we can when we are living.  

I am not trying to be facetious when I make this point, and yes, I know that it should be obvious to all.  Nor am I personally going through a midlife crisis where I've suddenly realized I am on the south side of my time on this earth while in this temporary body.  What I am saying is actually biblical.  Listen to how Ecclesiastes states it.

But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.  Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 (NKJV)

I believe we have been given this passage along with several others because it is something God wanted us to know, and to use as a major part of our reasoning when deciding how we will live.  While it is true that every person's day consists of an equal amount of 24 hours, the amount of days each person receives will vary.  Truth be told, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, nor can we boast in what we will be doing.  

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1 (NKJV)

So we should be living each day as if it were our last one -  we should be numbering our days.  When the Bible speaks of numbering our days, it means evaluating the quality of our time spent. In addition to looking at where our time goes, and how we are spending it, we must ask ourselves why we are spending it on the things we are choosing.  We should be honestly evaluating the where, how, and why questions regarding one of our most precious assets - time.  Questions should include:

Q:    Am I spending quality time for the important things God has asked me to do?
Q:    Do I take time to read and study God's Word each day?
Q:    When I spend time with my family, am I putting my mind and heart on something else?
Q:    Do I focus and allocate quality time when at church service, or do I find that I let myself become distracted easily by thinking about other things?

Let's face it, we live in a world where Satan and his emissaries are continually tempting and distracting us in an attempt to take our precious time.  If they can successfully keep our eyes on worldly things they know we will not be making good use of the limited time we have been given while here on earth. I see this everywhere as people are saying things like, "There just isn't enough time to do all the things I want to do," and, "I'd do this or that if I just had some more time."  Unfortunately, the "this" or "that," has nothing to do with God.

Hey Christian, it can be a fight to maintain a healthy balance when using the resources and blessings provided by God.  We must understand it is a part of the enemy's assault through temptation upon us as Christians. But if we remain faithful to seek the Lord's will in each thought and action (See 2 Cor. 10:5), then we can be assured victory, and like Paul we can say,

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)

I am not condemning having a good time or being involved in extra-curricular activities, because I believe these can be both healthy and rewarding.  What I am attempting to point out is our flesh's insatiable appetite for spending our precious resources on fun, entertainment, and folly.  Again, balance is the key and it always will be.  Only with God's help can we maintain any semblance of balance, so we must seek Him in prayer for wisdom and empowerment in everything we do.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we derive from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our time here on earth and how it should be spent?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you consistently making good choices with how you use your time?  Are those choices centered upon God?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord daily in prayer.  Ask Him to reveal to you all the things you need to lay down or step back from participating in.  Ask Him what He would like for you to spend your time on today.

Father, thank You for the time You have given to me.  Help me to make wise choices in using it.  Help me to know what it is I need to refrain from spending it on.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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