“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”Psalm 90:12
This verse is from a psalm that is listed as ‘a prayer of Moses, the man of God.’ Moses is considered to be one of the great Old Testament prophets and leaders of Israel. And yet Moses was a humble man. We know, because he not only tells us that he is humble but goes on to say, that he was more humble than anyone else on earth.
Now we may smile there depending on our view of humility. But I would suggest that one of the greatest characteristics of humility is to have a teachable spirit. Moses was a lifelong learner. He was a man who had encountered the presence of God in supernatural ways. He had seen and participated in many mighty miracles. And yet he hungered to know more of God. After Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, the receiving of the ten commandments at Mount Sinai, and being in God’s presence at the tent of meeting, his desire is still to know more of God. After all that time, and experience, this is still his prayer:
“teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.”Exodus 33:13
Moses understood that time is a gift from God, demonstrated by his prayers. To live with an awareness of the gift brings the wisdom to use it well.
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Time is a Gift from God
All of the events and circumstances of our lives are in the hands of God. Even in a time of political and social unrest and uncertainty, we can have peace that ultimately God is in control.
Time is the most precious gift that we have. It is being used constantly, whether we are productive with it or not. How we use our time and what is regarded as productive is a topic in itself – remember Martha and Mary?
In the different seasons of our lives we may have more or less ‘spare’ time. But, however busy our life is, if we prioritise making space and giving time to growing our relationship with God, He will bless and honour that. We may then find that we have more time, for as we give to God, He multiplies….