“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Several years ago, my Pastor made the statement that all sin is addictive. I believe we can look at what consumes our time to identify addictive behaviors in our lives. I also believe that many addictive behaviors can be overcome, once we identify the time trigger that captivates our thinking towards our stubborn habit, and we schedule right thinking in its place.
The Psalmist encourages us to number our days. Ask a bride how many days until her wedding… she has a countdown to be sure! A student understands numbering days as he looks forward to graduation day. Also, as Christians, we should number our days, that we may apply (make proper adjustments or to weigh out priorities) our hearts (meditations) unto wisdom (pinpointing and practicing God’s principles).
In today’s society, technology programs, networks, games, and gadgets scramble for our meditations and we cease to number our days and start to apply our meditations to that which is not wise, leaving us empty and idle. I have seen young people lose track of days, grades, and relationships all because of addictions to internet games and platforms. I have heard testimonies of adults who have allowed Facebook to rule their lives, losing opportunities and advancement of much wiser opportunities. Moderation is the key, but for some annihilation needs to take place in order to fully return to numbering our days and inclining our hearts to wisdom.
I see the student’s attitude in today’s verse: “Teach us”. Recognize the need to go to the Lord about everything that consumes your day and ask the Holy Spirit if anything carries more weight than it should.
I also see the reference to a Sovereign God. God is the best Instructor and will teach us truth. Man often teaches error. Many of our problems today are that we have gone to the wrong classroom and sat under the wrong teacher and had our minds filled with wrong teaching.
I see the main subject: “To number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” There are many subjects we need to be taught by God. This is one important subject I want you to meditate on today: how to use our time wisely. All of us need help here. We waste so much time, and we use our time so poorly. Time is a precious commodity; but once wasted, it cannot be reclaimed. We all need to ask God to teach us to use our time more wisely.
2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”