Morning Devotions Number our Days
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Morning Devotions – Number our Days

Iv’e heard the old cliche saying many times that asks, “If you knew you only had a week to live, what would you do?” Sometimes it includes different amounts of time, such as two days, or 24 hours. Either way, the concept is the same. If we knew when we were going to leave this earth, how would we spend the time we have left? If we were to number our days, what would we do with those days?

Psalm 90 in the Bible was written as a prayer by Moses. In verse 12 he says to the Lord, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” As cliche as it can be, it is also wise of us to consider how long we have left here on earth. When we truly understand that we only have so many days left here, we begin to to reassess how we are spending those days. Are we wasting them with entertainment rather than Kingdom work? Do we have our priorities in the right order? Are we putting things off that are more important than we act like they are?

Number our Days Psalm 90:12

Proverbs 27:1 tells us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” When we put things off until tomorrow, we assume tomorrow will be there. We boast as if we were guaranteed another day. The thing is, we aren’t. God may take us home tonight. He may take our child our our sibling or our spouse at any time. Nobody knows what the future holds. We could lose our home to a fire. We could lose our arm in a tragic accident. Our boss might lay us off or our car could break down.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Positive things can happen too! We may get promoted at our job, or find out we’re pregnant! Our blog post could go viral or we might make a new friend. The point is, when we number our days we begin to live differently. We stop putting things off. Our relationships and the legacy we want to leave becomes more of a priority. We become less materialistic, knowing that we can’t take it with us anyway. Eternity becomes more real and we make decisions based on what is important to God rather than what we think is important right this second.

So, I want us to all meditate on this throughout the day. Let’s number our days so we can walk in that wisdom.

If you knew you only had, say, 7 days left here on earth, how would you use them? How would your priorities change? Share with me in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Morning Devotions – Number our Days

  1. Thank you, we do all need to be about Kingdom work before our days are up. It is hard to imagine that our life could end at any moment but it is true and all the more complying to not put things off.

  2. My husband, a pastor, often uses the passage, “teach us to number our days” at funerals. Because we simply are not promised another minute much less another day. In the end, I want to be ready to meet my Maker with no regrets on how I spent my final hours and breaths.

    These are reflections we need to think on and ponder. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. How would I use my time if I had only one week to live? Oh dear, at the ripe older age of 55 years, that statement can actually be so true. I’ve already lost friends my age to cancer and other ill-fated things. So yeah…. the use of time is SO important!

    I’d spend my last week on Earth loving those God has put in my life. I think that is what we are to learn this side of heaven — did we love well? First, we love God who gives us the love to love others. It’s His love within us that allows us to love others well. Love well!

    Lisa Q

  4. I can’t even imagin how that would change things. Last year was really rough for me and I did every thing I could just to make it through one day at a time. I hope I point people to Jesus every day, but I am so thankful for His grace when I fail.

  5. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
    Psalm 90 is my favorite psalm. Such a wonderful word from Moses.
    How we manage our time is so important to our legacy. Great post!

  6. This is a wonderful post. The other day my 10-year-old asked me if I’d rather know when I would die or how I would die. Of course I answered when. Who wants to know how! 🙂 But if I had 7 days left, I’d spend them pouring everything I know about God into my kids. And as you so rightly reminded us, we aren’t promised tomorrow so that gives me some very deep things to ponder tonight. Thank you!

  7. This is so true! The older we get, the more aware of it we become! This is a truth we’ve taken very seriously. Our retirement, should we live that long, is only a year or two away. We’ve built a life around service in ministry, our family, and pursuing Jesus. By the grace of God, we’ll continue onward in those areas until we die with my husband able now to devote his former work time to ministry and family. If I only had a week or 24 hours, I’d take that time to say goodbye to those I love and to encourage our colaborers to press on.

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