Psalm 90:12 (here @ Bible Gateway) tells us that we are to number our days so that we can present to Him a heart of wisdom. For most of us, it is difficult to consider or think through how much time we have left.
Earlier in the same Psalm we are told that we will live for 70 years or if we are strong, 80 (verse 10 (here @ Bible Gateway)). In about a week and a half, I will be 68. Now if I were to go by the Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (the type of cancer I have) I have about 11 years after diagnosis which was 2015, so based on that metric I have 8 years left, 76. There may be more time, they are making strides every day. Further that is an average, could be more or less and it is the type of cancer that some never know they have.
When I consider those numbers several things come to mind. The first is how can I maximize the utilization of my gifts in the tasks that the Lord has given me in the time that it seems I have left? Isn’t that the implication of Psalm 90 (here @ Bible Gateway)? That we are to intentionally follow Him with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength to the end of our days?
However, there are other considerations should color our responses to these exhortations in Psalm 90 (here @ Bible Gateway). On that, next post.