It’s already been a year since taking my new position as Pastor of Creekside Church. Where did the last 12 months go? My wife and I just dropped our youngest child off to begin her freshmen year in college. Where did the last 18 years go?
The brevity of life we experience is expressed by Moses in Psalm 90: “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength eighty years…” In addition to our mortality, Moses also reminds us of life’s difficulty: “…Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow.” (vs. 10)
Our frailty and life’s difficulty are held up against the eternity and supremacy of God in Psalm 90 as incentive for praying wisely so we can live meaningfully (vs. 12-17). Purposeful living in relationship with God has at least two phases.
Purposeful living begins with “right standing” with God.
Moses is clear that God’s wrath (vs. 7) is the result of the sin we inherit and exhibit (vs. 8). The consequence of sin is difficulty and death (vs. 9) visible through disease, disaster, damaged relationships, and ultimately spiritual separation from God.
Overcoming both physical and spiritual death is only possible through faith in Christ. Paul reminds us, “Therefore, having been justified (declared not guilty) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1). A Holy God is just in punishing rebellion, but loving in offering His only Son as a substitute to truly satisfy God’s wrath against the sin of all who believe.
Purposeful living continues with “right living” with God.
Moses prayed, “Teach us to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12). Moses is not praying to count his days, but to make his days count. We don’t want to waste our brief time on earth, so let’s live each day for His glory as if it were our last.
A “heart of wisdom” exhibits God’s character and focuses on God’s priorities of loving Him and others in the practical everyday affairs of life, regardless of our vocation or location. Followers of Christ should ask, Am I investing in the right things and doing them the right way? In the board room, classroom, break room, lunch room, and living room let our light shine for Jesus? (Matthew 5:15).
Martyred missionary Jim Elliott reminds us, “All that is not eternal is eternally obsolete.”