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Numbering our Days

The beginning of wisdom is acknowledging God’s sovereignty over our finite world

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Sun, 01/31/2010
Numbering our Days

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” Psalm 90:12

- One way that man’s finite mind comprehends the greatness of God is in acknowledging He is eternal and that He resides outside of our concept of time.  As Psalm 90: 2 says “from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

But as Job, while we acknowledge that God controls time, we question why He is not intervening in our situation when we think that He should (Job 24:1).  The disciples also had many questions about God’s timing and when He would fulfill His promises.

It is very interesting that when the disciples asked Jesus about the timing of Israel’s restoration He answered that the seasons and times were God’s and His followers were on a “need to know” basis!  In other words, Israel’s restoration was for a future time and all the disciples needed to be concerned with was the current time.  God was birthing the church in their day, and so Jesus spoke to them about receiving the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:7,8).

As we seek to discern or understand the times in which we live we have to be careful not to be interested just for the sake of knowledge.  No, we are to be as the “Sons of Isaachar” and discern the times so that we know what we are to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Our goal should be service and obedience.

Also, we can never truly be wise unless we are first humble.  When we acknowledge God’s greatness, and our finiteness, only then do we recognize our need for His wisdom which He will then give generously. That is why the Psalmist said “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

We spend our whole life gaining knowledge, but we need wisdom and understanding in order to filter the information properly and know what actions to take or decisions to make.  It is God who gives wisdom and understanding in order that we will know how to live out our lives in service to Him.

This is the sequence of the 90th Psalm. After the psalmist declares God’s ownership of eternity and recognizes that our days are numbered, he then acknowledges the need for wisdom, and ends with a prayer that the work of our hands would be established.

Acknowledging God’s sovereignty over our finite world is the beginning of wisdom.  But wisdom is not the goal.  God gives wisdom and understanding that we might fulfill His calling on our lives. This is the point at which we become a part of God’s eternal plan laid before the foundation of the world. What a magnificent God we serve!


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