In our 70-80 years on the top side of the dirt, we have an opportunity to number our days and make the most of every opportunity. In Psalm 90, Moses encourages us to seek wisdom from God as we do so, and contrasts how we often frustrate God with our choices.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Even though God has dealt with our sin now through Jesus, it was laid before him, reaching heaven and being fully exposed in the light of his presence. God’s anger toward his children has been great. I am not sure that I see it changing even with the advent of Jesus. From the earliest times until now, God has shown his faithfulness and kindness toward his children, and we have walked away.
Whether it was Abraham pretending that Sarah was his sister (rather than trusting the Lord), to Israel blaming Moses and God for bringing them out of Egypt to kill them in the desert, to the first King, Saul, who overtly dethroned God and took liberties to lead in a self-centred way, God’s people respond to him with a disobedience which does not reflect God’s goodness.
The leaders of Israel rejected God’s own son, from Herod killing all babies under 2 years old to the Pharisees clinging to a self-righteousness based on rules, and then once the church of Christ is established, Paul has to deal with infighting at Corinth, all of which demonstrate our falling short of God’s glory.
We should be terrified of God’s anger toward our behaviour and yet increasingly we push God aside. The right response is to ask God to help us number our days and gain wisdom.
We ought to consider the brevity of life, always making the most of it, and seek God’s wisdom to live in a manner which pleases him.
Moses lays a foundation of truth which is as relevant in 2014 as it was in his day thousands of years ago.