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Teach me to number my days

Do you know how much time you have on earth? None of us do. There are no guarantees even for the healthy.

Do you know how your time is being used? You can get an estimate by calculating how long you sleep and work.

From the beginning after the fall man was able to live to his 900 plus years (Gen.5). As time went on  lifetimes diminished in years to one hundred thirty, spanning one hundred fifty years as common. King David wrote in the Bible of the time settled for man by God – he speaks of us having 75 years possibly 80 years to live our life.

Ps. 90:10-12 “ The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days. That we may gain a heart of wisdom

The fear of the Lord is an important component, not a fear that would have us cringe, but have a healthy respect for our maker and overseer of our life.

Job 12:10  “In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?” 

God knows our conception (Ps.139:16), our birth and departure from earth by death. As Job wrote Job spoke of man (Job 14): “ Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass.”

James 4:14-15  “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away

Job understood as he went through his physical ailment  “Oh, remember that my life is a breath! ” (Job 7:7)

Ps. 39:4-5 " LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.”

We have all watched vapors appear and then vanish, this is what God is conveying our life is like. But no matter how short, it can still be significant.

We live 27,375 days for our 75 years on earth, or 29,200 days for 80 years.

With 24 hours in a day we spend one third of our life (8 hours) sleeping, another third (8 hours) working.

If you sleep 8 hours a day you sleep 2, 920 hours a year, this amounts to over 25 years of our lifetime is sleeping (to replenish our vitality from working each day). That is 73,000 hours in a 75 year lifetime.

After working 8 hours a day, sleeping 8 hours a day you then have 8 hours left. You have 1/3 of your life left to do something besides sleep and work.

This leaves us 25 years (73,000 hours) to do something significant, something that will affect people for the good now and last beyond your time on earth.

In reality we have a very short time as job noted,  “ …Because our days on earth are a shadow.” (Job 8:9)

Hebrews 9:27 “ just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment

Your life is not over after you leave earth, it is determined by God, who is perfectly just in his judgment what will be your reward or punishment.

Do you waste your free time or use it wisely?

We are now facing unusual circumstances, possibly once in a lifetime challenges that were predicted thousands of years ago by the one that cares for us all. It is at this time our light should shine and not let the darkness overcome us. We are watching the birthpains escalate Matt 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 Try to be a help to someone when you can, think about others as we face these difficult days. Live your life as God asks us to in His Word.

 Ps 27:1 The LORD is the strength of my life ; Of whom shall I be afraid?

It is better to do what is right in God's eyes and reap the consequences from man than to do what is right in mans eyes and reap the consequences from God.

 

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