Psalm 90:12 - Time a Precious Talent.

Psalm 90:12 (KJV) So teach us to number our 
days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  

Psalm 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the 
brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.  

Psalm 90:12 (NCV) Teach us how short our 
lives really are so that we may be wise.  


   Our time belongs to God. Every moment is 
His, and we are under the most solemn obligation 
to improve it to His glory. Of no talent He has 
given will He require a more strict account than 
of our time. 
   The value of time is beyond computation. 
Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is 
thus that we should regard it. Life is too short 
to be trifled away. We have but a few days of 
probation in which to prepare for eternity. We have no 
time to waste, no time to devote to selfish 
pleasure, no time for the indulgence of sin. It is now 
that we are to form characters for the future, 
immortal life. It is now that we are to prepare for 
the searching judgment. 
   The human family have scarcely begun to 
live when they begin to die. The man who 
appreciates time as his working day will fit himself for 
a mansion and for a life that is immortal. It 
is well that he was born. We are admonished to 
redeem the time. But time squandered can never be 
recovered. We cannot call back even one moment. The 
only way in which we can redeem our time is by 
making the most of that which remains, by being 
co-workers with God in His great plan of 
   Every moment is freighted with eternal 
consequences. We are to stand as minute men, ready for 
service at a moments notice. The opportunity that 
is now ours to speak to some needy soul the 
word of life may never offer again. God may say 
to that one, This night thy soul shall be 
required of thee, and through our neglect he may 
not be ready. (Luke 12:20.) In the great 
judgment day, how shall we render our account to God? 


The Gift of Today
   I have a smartwatch that periodically 
tells me to breathe. It even reminds me when Im 
working out. But I think theres actually a very 
good message there. 
   That breath youre drawing right now is 
a gift from God. There might be someone in a 
hospital today struggling, hoping for his or her next 
breath, so we should never take it for granted. 
   Every day of our lives is a gift from 
God. Every single heartbeat is a blessing. So 
dont take your health for granted. And dont 
take your family for granted. 
   The Bible reminds us in Psalm 90, 
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that 
we may grow in wisdom (verse 12 NLT). 
   When our son Christopher was killed in an 
automobile accident at age 33, it was crushing. It was 
devastating and life-altering. I wondered if I would 
even survive it. It felt like time stood still 
for all of us. I felt as though I could die, 
   But in my time of weakness, I called out 
to the Lord, and He was there for me. He 
sustained me on that day, and He sustains us all to 
this day because the Bible says that Hes the 
God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV). 
   Sometimes things happen in life that are 
unfair and tragic, and we want answers. But if God 
told us, we wouldnt be happy. If God said, 
All right, Im tired of your asking why, so 
Im going to tell you. Are you ready? Heres 
   We wouldnt like it. It wouldnt make 
sense to us this side of Heaven. So instead of 
asking why, turn to the Lord and cry out to Him. 
Bring your pain to God. Bring your sorrow to God. 
   We live on promises, not on explanations. 
So we shouldnt spend too much time wondering 
why. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Seize the Day... and the Moment
   To illustrate the importance of numbering 
our days, Dr. Leslie Weatherhead once calculated 
the average length of life with the hours of one 
day. He concluded that if your age is 20, the 
time is 11:34 a.m. If youre 30, the time is 
1:51 p.m. At age 40, the time is 4:08 p.m. By the 
time you reach 50, its 6:25 p.m. If youre 
60, the time is 8:42 p.m. And if youre 70, 
its 11:00 p.m. 
   That puts it into perspective for us. In 
reality, we may not have as much time as we think. 
Psalm 90:12 reminds us, Teach us to realize the 
brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom 
(NLT). The Living Bible says it this way: Teach 
us to number our days and recognize how few 
they are; help us to spend them as we should. 
   Life is filled with opportunities. Now, 
what we do with them is the big question. Do we 
let them slip by, saying, Maybe next time. 
There is always another day? Or, do we seize 
   We all know to seize the day, from the 
Latin term carpe diem. But do we seize the moment? 
Do we seize the opportunity? We shouldnt put 
it off too long, because life is marching by. 
   Ephesians 5:15"16 says, So be 
careful how you live. Dont live like fools, but 
like those who are wise. Make the most of every 
opportunity in these evil days (NLT). 
   And Ecclesiastes 11 tells us, Plant 
your seed in the morning and keep busy all 
afternoon, for you dont know if profit will come 
from one activity or another - or maybe both 
(verse 6 NLT). 
   What opportunities do you need to seize 
today? Take advantage of them while theyre still 
available. Take advantages of the opportunities that 
God puts in your life. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

The Benefits of Purpose
   When you are living out God's purpose for 
your life, your attitude towards time will 
change. You will find that you no longer waste time. 
We are only given so much time on earth; the 
average lifespan today is 75 years. We are all 
running out of time. But if you are operating in 
your purpose, you are utilizing your time rather 
than just going through the motions. Your purpose 
clarifies your use of time. Ephesians 5:16 says: 
"[Make] the most of time, because the days are 
evil." We are to redeem, or buy back, our time. We 
can't reverse the clock, but we can purchase time 
back. How do we do this? You can change the speed 
in which you are operating; you can pick up the 
pace to buy up the time you lost. 
   When you live out your purpose, you will 
live with passion. One of the ways you can 
recognize your purpose is that it will enflame you, 
ignite you, and stir up your heart. God's purpose 
for you isn't some dull, empty thing that makes 
you dread getting up every morning. It is a fire 
within the soul. 
   When you are living out your purpose, you 
will live with direction. Paul said: "I box in 
such a way, as not beating the air" (1 
Corinthians 9:26). In other words, he's not punching at 
nothing; his efforts are not just for show or out of 
obligation. Rather, he has direction, clarity, and focus 
that allow him to strike the target. 
   Are you ready to kick your purposeful 
living into second gear to make up for lost time? 
[Alternative View with Dr. Tony Evans at 


Accomplish Your Life's Mission
   "I have glorified You on earth, having 
accomplished the work that You have given Me to do" Jesus 
told His heavenly Father. 
   If you died tomorrow, could you say the 
same? Could you say, "I have glorified You on 
earth with the work You sent me here to do"?   
   You might say, "But that's Jesus 
talking."  Remember, Paul said the same thing as 
Christ.  Paul wrote that he had fought a good fight. 
 He kept the faith and finished his course.  
Until this becomes your passion, you are wasting 
your life from an eternal perspective. 
   As the old saying goes, "Teach me, Lord, 
to number my days.  Only one life will soon be 
past; only what's done for Christ will last."  It 
is now time for you to accomplish the work that 
God sent you here to do. [Alternative View with 
Dr. Tony Evans at 
https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view-with-dr-tony-evans/ re Hebrews 12] 


Ephesians 5:15 (NKJV) See then that you walk 
circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, PENDING. 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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