Moses numbered his days in service to God. Has God gripped you with his purpose such that you are counting and valuing each mission-day? Our time is precious and scarce, and that life is short for all people. Make the most of every day for the sake of the grace of God.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:10, 12, 17
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
This Psalm is a prayer of Moses. Now there’s a man who numbered his days. Yet not the first eighty… We see in Acts 7 that Moses lived his first 40 years as a prince of Egypt, and then the next 40 years in Midian, after fleeing from Egypt. His final 40 years were spent leading God’s people out of slavery into the desert toward the promised land where he died at 120 (Deuteronomy 34).
Moses numbered his days in service to God. It started at the burning bush in Exodus 3 and from there, God established the work of his hands.
Where are you? Are you in the cocoon stage of living as a prince or a princess? Living in relative luxury – perhaps in your parents’ house – perhaps just first world, not realizing what you have compared to others?
Or have you, like Moses, done something which has put you on the run? Are you in the fleeing stage where you left it all behind – perhaps family or relationships – and have you started fresh in life?
Or has God gripped you with his purpose? Are you carrying his mission? Until Moses received the mission and purpose of God in his life, he wasn’t numbering his days. Sure, he was living them out either in luxury or simplicity, yet I don’t think he was numbering his days.
The attitude of valuing each mission-day we have and numbering the days we have left comes from the ideas that our time is precious and scarce, and that life is short for all people.
Our loved ones will face God soon.
These truths propel us into numbering our days.
Do you know that in Christ, your work has been established for you? Just like Moses prayed to God and saw his own work established for his hands, our work is established for our hands.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” (Ephesians 2:10). God has prepared – before today – our work for us. Will we number and count our days and use them wisely for the kingdom? Make the most of every day for the mission of God on this earth!
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