So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12)
My grandfather passed from this life Wednesday, March 5th. I had the honor of conducting his graveside service. The Lord gave him fullness of days — 35,502 of them to be nearly exact. A very long life was gifted to him and to those who knew him. I will miss him greatly.
Teach us to number our days. Ninety-eight years of life is recognized by everyone as a long life. People seem to have some age range of life in their minds that is an “acceptable” length of life. Below this acceptable range, they consider the Lord as evil towards them because they were taken “early”. This is especially true as far as children are concerned. Above this acceptable range, then the Lord “may” have given them a little too long of a life. Again, this is especially true if there has been much physical suffering or decay in the latter days. All of this seems to be sinful thinking because all life is a gift from God, whether few or many days.
Ninety-eight years does not seem quite as long as 35,502 days. Perhaps there is genuine wisdom in measuring our lives in days rather than years (or hours). What we possess today is “our day.” The Scriptures teach that we don’t know our tomorrows (James 4:14). Anything less than tomorrow is our very present, our “today.”
If the Lord has given seventy years, then I have around 6,000 days left (or by strength 9,700 days). That seems a lot of days but in reality it is a very short time. When I was young, life moved so slowly. Now, the weeks move so very quickly. This makes numbering my days even more imperative.
Teach us to number our days. How many days do you have? Have you taken them to heart by number?