Numbering Our Days

Posted: December 21, 2022 in Bible Study, Christian Life

“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:2).

How many days have you lived on this earth? I was curious about myself, and so I asked “Siri.” I found out that, as I write this, it was 29,262 days ago when my mother first held me in her arms. A lot has happened since then – some good things and some bad things.

Even though I wish I could change some of the things that I did and which happened to me in the past, I can’t do that. But I can do something about today. As a Christian, I can walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), or I might foolishly choose to walk according to the flesh (my sin nature – 1 John 1:8) and risk dying prematurely (Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Because God loves us, He will discipline / chasten His unruly children in this life, not after we die (Hebrews 12:5 ff). There is no Purgatory mentioned in the Bible.

Yes, we all have “actual years” and “potential years.” I’m glad that the Lord Jesus holds the keys of death today, and not the devil as he did in Old Testament times (Hebrews 2:14, 15; Revelation 1:18). I need not fear those who may want to hurt or kill my body. They can only do so if God permits it. He delivered many believers in the past, but He also allowed many others to suffer before they died physically (See Hebrews 11; 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.)

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). But “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

It is my desire to be habitually led by God the Holy Spirit so I can continue to mature as a believer in Christ (Romans 8:14). I want to have all my known sins confessed to God so I can enjoy fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:5-10; Proverbs 28:13). I want to do my best to make things right with those whom I believe I have wronged (James 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:28).

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

I want to do good to all men, but especially to those who are believers (Galatians 6:10), and show my love for God by loving them (1 John 3:16, 17). It’s not hard to love God, but sometimes it is hard to love some of His children. I’m sure there are times when other believers find me difficult to love too.

By our loving fellow Christians, other people will know that we are God’s children (John 13:34, 35).

“Agape” love is a part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” and Christ likeness. It is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are rightly related to Him (Galatians 5:22, 23), and who aren’t grieving or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

It must be directed toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It must not be misdirected toward the present, diabolical world system (1 John 2:15-17). This love seeks the highest well being of another (i.e., what God would want for them). It’s what God did for us sinners.

“For God [the Father] so loved the world [i.e., the people caught up in the devil’s world system] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] should not perish [in the lake of fire forever] but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). But read this verse too. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, why not do so right now? If you do this, you will pass from spiritual death into God’s quality of life (eternal life), and will begin to be able to really live and enjoy an abundant, productive life. (See John 5:24; 10:10; 15:5; 1 John 3:14)

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are you basking in the spiritual blessings He has bestowed on you, and are you doing the good works that He wants you to do while you’re living here on planet earth (Ephesians 1:3 ff 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts 1:8)? These good works are related to the spiritual gift that God gave to you at the time of your salvation. (Need more information? Ask about it.)

Let’s not boast about tomorrow, for we don’t know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Instead, let’s live each day as though it might be our last day on earth, or the last day of someone we love and/or know. We’re supposed to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18).

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

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