On my office wall is a collage of photos. Most of them are just of my children, but there are two other additions.
First, there’s the last Christmas card I ever received from my friend Mandy. Mandy served on the Leadership Team here at Good Morning Girls for 6 years and in March of 2017, she died tragically in a house fire. The other is the Funeral Pamphlet of my Pastor, Steve Marshall, who died of cancer in March of 2018. He was my Jr. Youth Pastor, then Sr. Pastor, he was heavily influential in my decision to go to the Moody Bible Institute (his alma mater) and I went on many missions trips with him at the lead. He officiated my wedding, he led both of my baby dedications and he passionately preached truth and love until the day he died.
Both Mandy and Steve lived their lives completely surrendered to the Lord. They were bright lights in a dark world and they both touched many many lives in their short time here on earth. On weary days their photos remind me to keep going because…
life. is. short.
This brings us to Psalm 90:11 where the Psalmist writes:
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away…
The Psalmist says we have about 70 years to live and if we are strong, perhaps 80 years. During those years, we will work hard and face hardships. But then quickly – the years will be gone and we will “fly away.”
So what is his prayer?
12 Teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom…
The Psalmist prays and asks God to teach us to number our days. Why? So we can have hearts that are wise.
Is this your prayer today?
- Teach us God!
- Oh Lord, help us remember that life. is. short!
- Give us wise hearts!
Of all the math we do in our lifetime, this is the most important…
Numbering Our Days.
In Bible times, men would number their sheep, oxen, harvest and coins, but rarely did a man number his days. It is something we must be taught to do and it’s not a mind exercise – it’s a heart one. We don’t do it naturally, but it leads to wisdom as we remember how short life is.
Pause for a moment and do the math.
If you live to be 80, how many years do you have left? Now multiply that number by 365.
How many days do you have left?
What if the years are only 70 total – now how many days do you have left?
Life is short and uncertain.
How can we live more wisely and for eternity, in the days we have left?
Teach us God! This must be our prayer.
Wisdom is learned not automatic. In our youth, it seems like we are immortal and untouchable and like our lives are going to last forever. But as we age and we begin to lose loved ones or face health issues, we realize life is less certain than we thought. For some, this is reason for despair but for those who believe in Jesus, it should cause us to grow wiser.
Since we know that life is short and uncertain, then we must ask…
What is God’s will for my life?
How can I live for eternity with my one short life?
It’s in seeking answers to these questions that our hearts grow wiser. We are no longer chasing every dream or fleeting desire that the world throws at us because every morning His love is satisfying.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Yes this… “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love Lord.”
There is no hour like the early morning hour to meet with God. That’s why our groups here at Women Living Well are called Good Morning Girls Groups. In the morning, he satisfies us with his steadfast love, so that we can have glad hearts and strength for the hardships and temptations of the day.
Life is short and uncertain.
May our prayer be the same as the Psalmist’s:
Lord, teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This is the most important math we’ll ever do.