Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2015

“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

Today’s devotion comes from Joshua Chapter 19.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote the following verses.

“When they finished apportioning the land for inheritance by its borders, the sons of Israel gave an inheritance in their midst to Joshua the son of Nun.  In accordance with the command of the Lord they gave him the city for which he asked, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim.  So he built the city and settled in it.

These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel distributed by lot in Shiloh before the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting.  So they finished dividing the land.”  Joshua 19:49-51.


Five chapters later, we later read the following about this city of Timnath-serah.

“It came about after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.  And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, on the north of Mount Gaash.”  Joshua 24:29-30.

Joshua received the city for which he asked, Timnath-serah, and he built the city and settled in it, and he was also buried there.

We may get what we want.  It may be good for us.  Or, it may be bad for us.  We need wisdom to guide our requests.

But, even if we are wise and get what is good for us, we may keep it for a short time.  Or, we may keep it for a long time.

And, even if we are wise and get what is good for us and keep it for a long time, compared to God’s eternity, man’s life (even the best of us) is very short.  

“1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

3 You turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
5 You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;
In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
6 In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;
Toward evening it fades and withers away.

7 For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
8 You have placed our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
9 For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

13 Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”  Psalm Chapter 90.

Our life is so short;  we don’t have time to do merely what is good.  We need to determine what is best for us to do through God’s guidance and other grace.  Many times, we need to say:  “No.” to what is only good, so that we have time to do the best.  People may not understand, but we need to be more concerned about God’s will and having time to fulfill our calling.  

We were created and gifted to do very specific good works.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

It is easy to think we have all the time in the world and lose focus and get lazy and content to do only what is good.

“… Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”  Colossians 4:17.

“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12.


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