In the last few months, Neal and I have been on a journey toward better eating. Okay, I’ve been kind of driving the bus on this one, but he has been happy to come along for the ride. As a result, I receive and read frequent emails loaded with staggering lists of tools and insights to help us “live stronger, healthier and happier.”
Truly as temples of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be responsible stewards of the physical bodies He’s given us. But what if my purpose is to LIVE WISE, and not just LIVE STRONG?
Lately, I’ve been a return reader to Psalm 90 and am captivated by the meaning and implications of verse 12: Lord, teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
WOW! How do we do this and what does it look like to number our days? Well, I’m still working this out, but here’s a couple of thoughts:
Perhaps numbering our days is expressed in regularly remembering that God is the One who holds my very breath and physical vitality in His hands. It’s amazing that we have the technology to measure the distance between planets in the galaxy, but never seem to grasp the brevity and frailty of our own short lives. I’m not suggesting we live in perpetual fear of dying tomorrow, but rather to grow in sober gratitude for God’s grace and gifts of life. Imagine that living wise means growing in dependence on our Heavenly Father, and not growing in the ugliness of an independent life characterized by self-sufficiency and a misplaced self-confidence.
Perhaps numbering our days also involves living a life of perpetual listening and learning. Imagine that Moses, the author of Psalm 90, the man to whom God spoke “face to face”, the one who saw God mightily rescue His people out of national bondage, the man who received and communicated God’s laws, says…”Lord, teach us!”. He cries out, Lord, we don’t get it! Show us, reveal to us Your ways and Your truth!. You and I must recognize the sobering reality that we do NOT have it all together and must look moment by moment to the only One who does.
Would you join me in this posture of remembering, learning and listening? May our prayer be: Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:5