Be Still Know
Psalm 90.10 and 12 NLT
‘Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.’
It’s wonderful that so many people are living to the age of 100. In the UK there are more than 15,000 centenarians and that figure is about double the number twenty years ago. But such long lives are as nothing when placed on the timeline of history or when we think of our God, for whom a thousand years are like a day. So it is important for us all to listen hard to the psalmist. He observes that seventy years is a typical life span, and that some even reach eighty. In the light of this, he asks God to teach us to realise that life is brief. That could sound sad and morbid but that would be to forget that every single day of life is a gift that we couldn’t possibly deserve.
Facing up to our mortality is actually a very positive thing to do. When we accept that our number of days is limited, we are helped to see the preciousness and value of every single day. There is no time to waste. So the question is, “How can we make sure that we get the best out of every single day?” The psalmist responds that this is through growing in wisdom. The Bible has a very practical view of wisdom. It is very different from knowledge, which doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom at all. Wisdom is all about knowing how to live life to the full and that occurs when God is placed at the centre of our lives. When he is in the place that is rightfully his we will enjoy good, loving, peaceful relationships and will use our time in ways that bless others, bring joy to ourselves and give glory to God. Such wisdom is completely down to earth and enables us to make good decisions amidst all the challenges and awkwardness of life. No wonder
the psalmist encourages us to grow in wisdom day by day.
Question: What could you do to grow in wisdom?
Prayer: Lord God, help me to become increasingly open to your gift of wisdom. Amen
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