I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase number your days and I’m sure it has had several meaning to you, but where did the phrase originate? The answer: The Bible. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days carefully, so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.”
What exactly does that even mean? Mark each day off on the calendar? Be sure to start a new years resolution so you don’t waste another year? Have a mid life crisis because your life isn’t as glamorous as you pictured it as a kid?
We only have a limited amount of time here, and we do not know the length of that time. Knowing what to do with the time we have is a very important thing. We need to look to God and ask Him to teach us what the most important things in life are…He made us, He knows. If this becomes ingrained in us, it will become natural for us to do what is important and not waste time on unimportant things. In order to learn what God wants you to so with yourself, you need to spend time with God asking in prayer and listening to His Word. Spending some time with God daily has been key to learning about what to do with myself.
The cool part of this practice is when you stay persistent with it, God will grant you wisdom in this area. The important things in life become clearer and clearer.
Instead of freaking out about time that you’ve wasted, sit down with God and have Him help you number tomorrow. What is it you’re supposed to do tomorrow. Take it one day at a time.
For me it has meant blocking how much time I spend on social media…no really…I have an app that cuts me off! This was one of my biggest time wasters, now I can use that time more wisely.
I’m not sure what God’s plan looks like for you, but like for me, it is way better than scrolling thru facebook.
Back to the original question: what does it mean to number your days?
Find value in each day by carefully evaluating what is important. God will develop the wisdom to do this within you.