Years fly by don’t they? I just found a case of floppy disks, the old 3.5 inch ones. That’s the “save file” icon, kids. Out of curiosity, I looked to see what they could still be used for. I found out that you can coat them in epoxy and use them as drink coasters. That’s it. All my childhood nerd hobbies are nothing but drink coasters in 2019. I’m only 35. I’m not supposed to be freaking out about life slipping away right?
In Psalm 90 Moses asks God to help him be more perpetually aware of the brevity of life “teach us to number our days…” He does this in the middle of a meditation on God’s view of time “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday…”
God sees all of the events and persons of eternity in a single moment. We have to buy calendars and planners to see, with any practicality, the events of next week. God has a planner for you written up for this day 8 billion years from now. Psalm 139:16 “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Moses tells us in Psalm 90 that he sees a danger in our childishly small perspective. People who don’t think about the future make dumb decisions. I don’t think that needs proving.
I would like to be happy. I will go and do things to make myself happy. But what if, God has already planned to make you happy? What if He has already planned to make you unthinkably happy forever? Every sin, every temptation starts with wondering if I can do better than what He has for me. Essentially, every sin you and I have ever fallen into was due to our short sightedness. We find ourselves stuffing our faces with dumpster scraps when God walks in to carry us away to a banquet that he prepared for us at GREAT cost to Himself. It’s not like He didn’t tell us to save the date. “If I go, I will come again to receive you…” Do you see why Moses tell us in Psalm 90 that our short sighted perspective offends our Father?
Will you complain about your “toil and trouble” this year, or will you rejoice about what your Father has prepared for those who love Him? Will you work overtime away from your family this year to afford things that will be forgotten 8 billion years from now? Will you step outside your Father’s boundaries this year to experience something that will pale in comparison to the experience He has planned for you for in the year 9999999?
Merciful Father, forgive us for our shortsightedness. Lead us not into temptation, but teach us to number our days so that we develop wise hearts.
Dave Detwiler is a public school educator in Appomattox Va, a youth pastor, and leads a home ministry group out of his house.