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Thought for the Day by Matt Jones (Associate Minister for Music)
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom - Psalm 90:12
I recently turned 30. A whole new decade has opened up before me, and life seems to be changing a lot. My teenage years and even time at university seems a long time ago now. I’m definitely thankful for all that God has done in my life!
I don’t know if you have seen one of these before. It’s called ‘My life in weeks’, the idea being that every time a week goes by you can fill in the dot representing that week.
I can hear the cries of resentment from you, ‘why would you tell me this?! I’ve only got X amount of weeks left!!’
Truth is, that’s exactly the reason why I’m sharing it. Psalm 90:12 is quite a famous verse, ‘teach us to number our days’. In this context we could say ‘teach us to number our weeks’. I encourage you to read the whole of Psalm 90 at some point, because it gives a good perspective of the frailty of sinful mortal humanity before a holy immortal God.
Teach us to number our days: It brings life into perspective doesn’t it? Too often we waltz through life trying to fill it with things that ultimately distract us from the end, from death.
But what should our response be? Humility. Acknowledgement of our frailty. And even purpose. Some of you will have very few dots left in to fill. How might you fill them in service to the Lord? For those who have a lot of dots left to fill in, the same question, how might you use them for God?
Our life is but a vapour, and like the flowers of the field is here one day and gone the next. For those trusting in the Lord Jesus, there is an eternity more. But let us use these precious days he has given us in the now to love Him, and our neighbours, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
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