“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12)
Every birth in this world is the beginning of a countdown which, without fail, ends with a forced exit from this life. From the moment we take our first breath, our life begins counting down. Life begins ticking away, one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time.
Life on earth is a one-way, dead-end street. Every day about four hundred thousand new people arrive on this planet. Every day thousands of people leave it for eternity.
Their time ran out.
Sadly, most people live their lives completely indifferent to this undeniable fact and there is no amount fame or fortune that can add one second to that final countdown.
One night in the cold Atlantic ocean there was a grim countdown. The “unsinkable” Titanic hit an iceberg and plunged into the icy depths of the sea, carrying with it many of those who were on board—some drinking, some partying, and some enjoying life to its fullest, completely unaware their time was running out.
May we learn to “number our days.” May we never forget that our planet is but a larger Titanic, carrying its enormous passenger list to the chilly waters of the grave.
Now is the time to ask God for wisdom to become better students and stewards of our time and opportunities. We number our years, not our days, but all of us have to live a day at a time, and we do not know how many days we have left.
Are you numbering YOUR days?