Study Scripture: Psalm 90:1-12
Key Verse: “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Yesterday is gone; tomorrow is uncertain; today is here. Use it wisely.
Have you ever heard the Tim McGraw song…”Live Like We’re Dying”? The song is about a person who has an incurable condition, and the basic message of the song is to live, laugh and love in each day like it could be your last. It’s only after living life believing we’re invinceable until that unwanted call from a doctor about cancer, a run in with a drunk driver, or some other unexpected to remind us how fragile life really is.
Isn’t it funny how everything in society today comes with a warning label? I love the comedy bit about the need for warning labels because people can be so careless when it comes to some of them. Things like not using a blow dryer near water or stopping the motor before changing a fan belt. Whenever you get a package that has something that could break in big bold letters you can usually find the words: FRAGILE: HANDLE WITH CARE.
What’s ironic is that the most fragile thing in the world…our lives doesn’t come with a warning sticker does it? Which is why reading the Bible is so important. That’s where we find warnings. Life is but a vapor. None of us are promised to take another breath, but there’s so many, myself included, that take life for granted, and live like we’ll have years to make up for whatever it is we’ve done.
There’s a major warning in that we have no earthly idea when Jesus is going to return. We have no idea when that trumpet will sound, and the dead will rise first before those of us who are still living are raptured out of the world. Yet we live like that could be years away. Some have made attempts to predict the Lord’s return, but to no avail. But that doesn’t stop the stupid questions does it?
The lastest rumor is the world will end on December 21, 2012. And almost inevitably the question asked is: What are you going to do with your last moments? But, Moses is praying here in Psalm 90, and when it comes to verse 12 he says something that I think all of us could make a prayer out of. He says; “teach us to number our days.” The implication here is that we ought to live like December 21, 2012 could happen at any moment because the truth is…it could very well happen before I even type the next letter.
None of us are promised our next breath, next second, or not even the next blink of an eye. That’s how fragile life really is. Think about September 11, 2001 for a moment. Do you think that all of those who died that day knew they were going to? No. Most of them entered that day like any other day. The woke up, ate their breakfast, and made their way to the World Trade Center, boarded those planes, went to work at the Pentagon, and never thought that moment would be there last.
That’s why we should choose to live every day as though this were our last moment on earth by loving more deeply, forgiving more readily, giving more generously, and speaking more kindly. If you have a moment, give “Live Like You Were Dying” a listen, and think about it for a moment. Think about how much more different things would be if everyone were to live life like that, and not live it like we have all the time in the world to right the wrongs we have done…when in fact we may not even have the next moment.
Maybe it’s just that I’m getting closer to 40, or maybe it’s just that I’m starting to gain the understanding that tomorrow is not guarenteed to anyone. But I know that it’s important to live every single day as wisely as possible, and not leave anything to chance. Don’t assume your loved ones know you love them…tell them. Don’t assume you have time to make up to someone…when the truth is you or they may not have another day left.
Only God knows for sure the beginning and ending of our days. Only God knows the exact moment the rapture is really going to take place. So, the most important thing that we can all do…is be like Moses, and ask God to teach us how to make the most of each day. If your not saved…don’t wait…today is the day of salvation. If you need to make a wrong right…don’t wait…take care of it today. Don’t let another moment go by without living like it’s the last moment you’ll have on earth.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
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