“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 ESV).

The world around us, and often even we ourselves, seem to hold to two contradictory beliefs: 1) That we will live forever, and 2) That death is coming and we have to do anything and everything we can to stay young and avoid death. Biblically speaking, both of these beliefs are wrong. God’s Word says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23 ESV). Though in one sense we will all live for eternity, either under grace with Christ, or under wrath in hell, because we are sinners we will all die. So, it’s wrong to think otherwise. And it’s also wrong to think that we can somehow stay young and avoid death. As God says in Daniel 32:39, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand” (ESV). God is sovereign over all; it is He who decides when and how we will die, and there is no escaping His sovereign hand.

So, what are we to do with this knowledge? The Psalmist tells us that we are to number our days. Time is precious… Yesterday is gone forever, and the present is passing away before our eyes. But that should not lead us to despair, but to live with great intentionality while we do live. We are to recognize that our time in this life is a precious gift that is not to be wasted, but to be stewarded for the glory of Christ. We are to number our days, that is, keep an account of them and to thus use them wisely, knowing that we only have a limited number of days, and that that number will run out without much, if any, notice…

As the missionary C. T. Studd once wrote, “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” This gift of life, this gift of days is a gift that is to be stewarded well for the glory of Jesus. We are to spend this life preparing for eternity, and helping others do the same. We know not when our life will be required of us, but we do know that it will indeed be required… On that Day we will give an account for every second of every day that God has given us; and if we would hear, “Well done,” we must number our days now, and commit ourselves not to waste one precious moment, but to leverage them all for the glory of our God and Savior, King Jesus…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick