Psalm 90:12 - Time a Precious Gift.

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.  


"Be All There"
   It's hard to explain when someone's life 
has been cut short, dying at a relatively young 
age. We expected that person to live a much 
longer life. But who is to say that it wasn't his 
or her appointed time to go? Who is to say that 
it wasn't the exact length of life that God had 
preordained for that man or woman from the very 
   In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul 
says of King David, "Now when David had served 
God's purpose in his own generation, he fell 
asleep; he was buried with his ancestors" (Acts 
13:36, NIV). David, great a man as he may have 
been, served God's purpose in his own generation 
and then was taken off the scene. 
   That is why we want to make every day 
count. To paraphrase the words of Moses in Psalm 
90:12, "Lord, help us to realize our lives can end 
on any day, so please show us how to use each 
day wisely." 
   We don't know when our day will come. We 
don't know when we will have "served God's purpose 
in our own generation." When God calls you 
home, you're going home! You can live on vitamin 
C, zinc, and echinacea. You can drink green 
tea, eat tofu, and avoid all the toxins you can, 
but when your number is up, your number is up. 
   On the other hand, you will be around 
until God is done with you. You won't go before 
your time. You may or may not be the healthiest 
person, but you will live to the time that God has 
appointed for you - and worrying about it won't extend 
your life for one moment. 
   At the same time, however, we aren't to 
take foolish risks and "put the Lord to the 
test." We can be assured that we are here until God 
is done with us. As the apostle Paul said, "For 
to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" 
(Philippians 1:21). So let's make the most of the lives 
God has given us. As missionary Jim Elliot once 
wrote, "Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the 
hilt every situation you believe to be the will 
of God." [Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie] 


   I'm writing these words [originally] soon 
after my birthday. 
   No big deal  just another stabbing 
realization that I'm not getting any younger. I know 
that because the cake won't hold all the candles. 
Even if it could the frosting would melt before 
I'd be able to blow all of them out. My kind and 
thoughtful secretary reminded me of another approach I 
could take. She gave me a birthday card showing an 
old guy standing beside a cake covered with 
candles. On the front it reads: 
   Don't feel you're getting old if you 
can't blow out all the candles  
    just BEAT 'em out with your cane.
   Children are about as encouraging. In all 
seriousness my youngest once asked me if they had catsup 
when I was a boy. I tried not to look offended - 
he could have asked if they had the wheel. But 
I was pleased to inform him that we not only 
had catsup  but also electricity, talking 
movies, the radio, cars, and indoor plumbing. He 
seemed amazed as he gave me that 
you-gotta-be-kidding look, then turned and walked away. I 
suddenly felt the need to lie down and take a nap. 
   But birthdays are milestones  
significant points in the passing of time  specific 
yet mute reminders that more sand has passed 
through the hourglass. They do, however, give us a 
handle on the measurement of time which, when you 
boil it down into minutes, really moves along at 
a pretty good clip. There are 60 of them every 
hour  1,440 every day. over 10 thousand of 
them each week . . . about 525 thousand per year. 
As of today - I've experienced millions and 
millions of them. Talk about feeling old! 
   But they pass so quietly, so 
consistently, they fool you. That's part of the reason 
C.S. Lewis used to say: 
   The safest road to hell is the gradual 
one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without 
sudden turnings, without milestones, without 
signposts  The long, dull, monotonous years of 
middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are 
excellent campaigning weather [for the devil]. 
   We mark our calendars with deadlines - 
dates that set limits for the completion of 
objectives and projects. To ignore those deadlines 
brings consequences. To live without deadlines is 
to live an inefficient, unorganized life, 
drifting with the breeze of impulse on the fickle 
wave of moods. We set deadlines because they help 
us accomplish the essentials  they 
discipline our use of time  they measure the length 
of our leash on the clothesline of demands. 
   God, however, brings about birthdays  
not as deadlines but lifelines. He builds them 
into our calendar once every year to enable us to 
make an annual appraisal, not only of our length 
of life but our depth. Not simply to tell us 
we're growing older  but to help us determine 
if we are also growing deeper. These lifelines 
are not like that insurance policy you invested 
in last year. There's no automatic promise of 
annual renewal. Obviously, if God has given you 
another year to live for Him, He has some things in 
mind  He has some very special plans to pull 
off through your life. Surely it includes more 
than existing 1,440 minutes a day! 
   The psalmist gives us the perfect prayer 
to pray every year our lifeline rolls around. 
   So teach us to number our days,
   That we may present to You a heart of 
wisdom. (Psalm 90:12) 
   Now let me caution you. Don't expect 
wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of 
rock on a conveyor belt. It isn't like that. It's 
not splashy and bold  nor is it dispensed 
like a prescription across a counter. Wisdom 
comes privately from God as a by-product of right 
decisions, godly reactions, and the application of 
scriptural principles to daily circumstances. Wisdom 
comes, for example, not from seeking after a 
ministry  but more from anticipating the fruit of 
a disciplined life. Not from trying to do 
great things for God  but more from being 
faithful to the small, obscure tasks few people ever 
   Stop and reflect. Are you just growing 
old  or are you also growing up? As you 
"number your days" do you count just years - the 
grinding measurement of minutes - or can you find 
marks of wisdom  character traits that were not 
there when you were younger? 
   Take a look. You really don't have a lot 
longer, you know. As a matter of fact, one of these 
years your lifeline will be God's deadline. [Chuck 
Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


   The morning sunshine glinted off the 
snowcapped peaks that rimmed Lake Como as Teri and 
Jesse paddled their kayaks along the shoreline. It 
was our girls' day out to rest and have fun. But 
my kayak barely moved as I deeply dug the 
paddle into the water and strained to pull it 
toward myself; trying to catch up. Bobbing behind 
my boat was an eleven-foot-long driftwood log 
that I was towing. I'd discovered it on our 
shore-lunch break and thought it'd be perfect for 
decorating my yard. But that was two miles of paddling 
ago, and I regretted tying it behind me. 
   Only one more mile to go. Each time I 
dipped a paddle in the water, my arms burned. Teri 
and Jesse were nearly out of sight. I took a 
deep breath. Maybe I should just quit.... But I'm 
not a quitter. I fought my thoughts, tugging the 
log the whole way. 
   When we beached our kayaks and I pulled 
the log onshore, my heart sank That log really 
wasn't unique or very pretty. It looked like all 
the other driftwood logs that lined the shore by 
the launch. I shook my head. I'd taken a 
perfectly great day to relax and made it into a lot of 
work. I was so determined not to quit that I paid 
too high a price for something I really didn't 
   After we loaded the kayaks into our 
trucks, it took two of us to lift the log into mine. 
I pulled away from the boat launch wondering 
what other unimportant things I was lugging 
around in my life. 
   Lord, reveal to me what is important, so 
that I don't waste my time being busy and working 
on things that don't matter. Amen. Rebecca 
Ondov [Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Psalm 90:12 - Time a Precious Talent.


James 1:5-7 - FINDING WISDOM.



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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