Sunday, September 27, 2009
Counting our Days
I am up early today doing some writing before heading into Chicago for the final day of our conference at Moody Church. While working on a newsletter article, I was looking for a good Scripture dealing with "years" to use, and came upon this much quoted, but often forgotten, gem of a verse . . .
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away (Psalm 90:10).
True, isn't it? On the surface -- and especially for someone unfamiliar with Scripture stumbling upon a verse like this -- it seems rather hopeless. But it's not. It's intended to be a reminder that we are not infinite like our Creator. We are finite. Each of us only has a short time on this earth, to be used for good or for evil. In the natural course of our lives, we have an average of 70 years to live, but that's not set in stone for everyone. Some live less time, others live more. But in the end, we will all come to an end of this earthly sojourn and stand before the God who made us.
I am trying every day to learn the lesson of "redeeming the time." I've wasted plenty of it. Most of us do. Life isn't always "fun." There are plenty of heartaches and trials, all of them brought on by human sin in one form or another. But those who know the Lord have hope that others don't have. He is our Redeemer. He is our resurrection and our life. Because of Him, we can have hope for eternity, and assurance of eternal life in His presence. And rather than give us a sense of pride at our "status," we ought to be humbled. We don't deserve it.
It also ought to motivate us even more to be faithful ambassadors for Christ. We have no right to hoard our blessings, especially the gift of salvation. Others need to know that the same free gift is available to them if they will repent and place their trust in Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification.
Time is running out for this world order. It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment. Barring physical death, Christ will one day return to earth and render judgment. It may be sooner than we think.
And that's worth considering and pondering as we count our days.