“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

— Psalm 90:12 NKJ
“How did it get so late so soon?”

― Dr. Seuss

The modern day definition of the word tragedy: being successful in the things that don’t matter, especially with the time we have left on earth.
Life will trash your trophies.
So what matters?
Who you love and who loved you. That’s what matters—the love between you, God, and those He places close in your life.
It’s about time. What you are doing with it.

According to a recent study, the most read sections of the average newspaper are the Local news (65%) and the Sports (59%). Guess which is the least read section? You got it. The Obituaries. One of the reasons for that statistic is reading Obituaries reminds people of the reality that they too are going to die. They don’t want to think about it. Instead of facing reality, many men simply suppress the negative thoughts about death and go about their lives as if it’s never going to happen. Yet, pondering one’s own death or the preciousness of time is not negative. It’s both wise and biblical. King David wrote in Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Wisdom comes as we consider our mortality, ponder the time we have remaining and ask God to show us how to make our days count.

James 4:14 says, “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.” Even though you may not want to think about it, from an eternal perspective, a man’s life is like a vanishing vapor. Here for a moment, then “puff” it’s gone. But God has a purpose for our slight vapor of time. He has a plan and a time frame for its execution. The enemy knows this. That’s why he tries to keep us distracted and out of the fight. If he can keep us busy doing urgent things rather than important things, things that waste time, rather than maximizing our days, he’s got us. Before we know it, “Puff” we’ll be gone and God’s purpose for us unfulfilled. Ecclesiastes 9:12 gives us a firm warning. “For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.”

What have you been giving your heart to lately? Time is fleeting. Be alert and ready. Keep your guard up and your feet planted. Don’t be caught in the enemy’s snare. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you liv —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Prayer to IGNITE:
LORD, teach me to number my days like David. Help me to understand your will for me and to be wise with the time I have, making the most of the important opportunities that you are bringing before me.

*A devotional from “Ignite Your Faith” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis