Spending Time Wisely as Life Quickly Passes by

Reflection from Psalm 90:10-11 and Psalm 23.  

Earth is not our home, and life is quickly passing by. Lately I've been in a reflective mood, whilst  trying to keep peace, at best with each moment I'm blest with. True, life's too short, we need to spend time wisely.  Here's the prayer of Moses: 

"The length of our day is seventy years -
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear
that is due you."

~ Psalm 90: 10-11~

From one perspective, Moses spoke of God's anger and wrath. On the other hand, we know that God is love and his mercy endures forever because he is faithful and kind.  

But I go back to my Psalm 23, appeased and assured that " The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." - the opening salvo of a believer's favourite psalm, and I trust as believers, we all know the entire chapter by heart.  

I've just visited a friend now in palliative care... and we know what this means. We no longer talk of cure but simply to make the most and the best of a friend's or a loved one's time until that inevitable time happens. Never easy but realities we need to face.   

Reflecting on those verses:  What really matters to you most? We never know when our time is up. We live on borrowed time. And time passes by so quickly.  What are you doing the rest of your life?

I've prayed for God to show us how to spend our days wisely, and to watch him give us a heart of wisdom. 

Bible Source:

Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV). Hodder & Stroughton (2001).

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