Wise Up, Part 1
Today is 4 June 2020. It is the 156th day of this year; that means there are 211 days to the end of the year, and 35 days to my 42nd birthday . One of the things we’ve all experienced in this pandemic is that a lot can change in just a few days, just as a little over 2000 years ago the history of the whole world changed in just three days following the death and resurrection of Christ.
As I think about this I am reminded of the prayer of Moses, the man of God, in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NIV). This is a plea to God to help us appreciating the brevity and uncertainty of life so that we live wisely. James’s words have never been so real in our day, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (4:13-14, NIV). We are closer to our death today than we were yesterday.
How then should we live in light of this? While in a Roman prison uncertain of what would happen to him or how much time he had left, Paul wrote, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV) He calls us to live wisely by carefully making the best use of time. Time makes us all equal; we may not all have the same opportunities, same amount of money, or same gifts, but we all have the same number of hours in a day, 24.
How can we make the best use of time? See you tomorrow for the answer. Until then, consider this question that I am sure you are not hearing it for the first time: How differently would you live if you knew you had only a week to live? So wise up because any day may well be your last day.