Recently, while preparing for our upcoming sermon series on wisdom, I had been reviewing some of the many Bible verses that speak to that subject. (The words “wisdom” and “wise” appear over 80 times in Scripture)
One verse in particular, Psalm 90:12, kept drawing my attention. It reads, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
I had read that verse before, but this time I sat there thinking for a moment and then I hit the button for the calculator app on my phone. Instantly I learned that, as of this coming Monday, I will have lived 23, 360 days. I reflected on that number. Each of those days was a gift and I was grateful that God had granted me so many opportunities to enjoy life and to serve Him. But, I was also convicted at the same time because I knew in my heart that many of those days had been squandered away in more selfish, less noble pursuits.
Maybe that is the lesson the Holy Spirit was trying to teach us through Moses’ words: if we truly want to make our lives count we must give more thought to how we spend our days.
The Apostle Paul urged the believers who worshipped at the church in Ephesus to “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 5:15-17)
Writing about this Psalm, Warren Wiersbe suggests three ways we can do that:
First, we live a day at a time. We don’t really number our days much. If we have a birthday, and someone asks how old we are, we tell them in the number of years. But we don’t live our lives a “year” at a time. We live them one day at a time. “Give us today, our daily bread” Jesus taught us to pray. From the very beginning, God’s universe has functioned a day at a time.
Second, we live from the heart. The goal of assessing our days and how we spend them is so “we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We need to take care of our hearts. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23, Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it spring the issues of life.
Third, we are to live by God’s wisdom. Wisdom is having Godly discernment in order to apply the truth of the Word of God at the right time, in the right way with the right motive.
By the way, this is why our next sermon series can have a powerful impact on all our lives. Wisdom comes from Scripture and getting to know God and ourselves better. And that is exactly what we need to make God-honoring decisions every day. As the poet has written;
Only one life, Will soon be past
Only what’s done for Christ will last
(C. T. Studd)
Well, I’ve got to go. My 23,355thday is quickly getting away from me! See you Sunday!