Teach us to number our days

“Teach us to number our days …..that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Praise and worship:

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me, my very soul shall shout hallelujah, praise God for saving me

Our father in heaven we glorify your name, we bow down before you.

Opening prayer

Our father and our God, we have come again to learn at your feet. Teach us, O God, to see in this lockdown, in this standstill, a foreshadow of our own. Teach us to know that our lives, however long, are “like a dream, like grass that . . . fades and withers” (Psalm 90:5–6). And do it so that we may get a heart of wisdom. So that we may give ourselves, while the vapor of life still lingers, to the only work that will enter eternity.

Thank you for the opportunity to be taught of you, we will never take it for granted in Jesus’ name we pray

On the other side of this pandemic, when life returns to normal, the wisest people will not be those who have diversified their financial portfolios, nor those who have stocked up on masks and toilet paper in preparation for a potential resurgence of Covid-19, but those who have learned to say from the heart, “Only one life, though it may soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” May that be our testimony in Jesus’ name

Establish the Work of Our Hands

As creatures who have eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), we are slow to learn the lesson that life is a vapor. But recent events , the lockdown, inability to seek help abroad, have taught us that Life is brief.

The destruction caused by the coronavirus is merely a preview of what will one day happen to us and all we hold dear. Nations and economies, health and relationships will succumb eventually to the ravages of time. Moth and rust will destroy the treasure we thought secure. Life itself, which sprouts green in the morning, will wither by evening.

No wonder Moses ends his reflections on death with a desperate prayer: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17). Only God can take this dying seed called life and make it bear fruit that lasts for eternity.

(1 Corinthians 15:20, 23). Now, in Jesus Christ, our lives and our labor are not swept away, but established: “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Outside of the Lord, our most impressive labors are grand nothings — civilizations built on the shores of time, . Careers, bank accounts, reputations, legacies, and families, if built in our name rather than in Christ’s, will vanish in time. They may escape viruses and fires and floods, and perhaps even outlast our little lives, but the day will come when “the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed,” and every work outside of Christ will be “dissolved” (2 Peter 3:10–11).

But in the Lord, no labor is in vain. Our strength may be small, our lives brief, and our reputation of no account, but if we devote our days to living “in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17), then God himself will establish the work of our hands.

What will it mean for us to labor in the Lord? We need to ask this question again and again throughout our lives, not only in the midst of a pandemic. But moments like this one cause us to know that Our days are numbered, eternity is coming, and the only labor that matters is labor in the Lord. God teaching us seriously to meditate on, and consider the shortness of our days. That they are but as a shadow…and to observe how unprofitably we have spent them. This leads us to redeeming time, and also to fear God the more

Numbering our days will lead many ordinary people to take some radical steps. Perhaps it took the coronavirus to expose just how many trivialities take up our time, and to make us feel the urgency of some good work we have long dreamed of doing. Perhaps now is the time to move towards helping that neighbour that needs assistance, working towards an adoption for an abandoned child, to begin a Bible study for prison inmates, to get serious about evangelism and so many other activities full of reward.

We need not wait until life returns to “normal. Some Christians, with hearts full of wisdom, have given their days to delivering fresh food to neighbors — free of charge. Others have fostered children coming from homes with domestic abuse. Still others have left the comfort of their homes to ensure the vulnerable are taken care of. Now is the time to do something that glorifies Christ.

But life is also too short, and eternity too long, to waste the ordinary moments of every day. So numbering our days will not only lead ordinary people to take some radical steps, but it will also lead us to take all sorts of ordinary steps radically. Our labor need not be big to qualify as labor “in the Lord.” The smallest act, done through Christ and for Christ, will not lose its reward (Matthew 10:42).

“Whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:8). Under God, even the smallest deed done in the Lord can leave an imprint that qualifies for eternity

Numbering our days begins with numbering this day: this unrepeatable, irreplaceable God-given 24 hours, filled with opportunities to labor in the Lord.
If we do, then God himself will establish the work of our frail and dying hands and create something far out of the reach of any virus or calamity.

PRAYER POINTS

God we thank you for this day which you have made for us to rejoice and be glad in

Father, teach us the real ways to number our days so as to redeem the days we have wasted

Father open our hearts and eyes to see the reason for this global standstill and give us the grace to set our priorities right.

Father in the name of Jesus, Do not let the frivolities and the careless things of this life tear us away from your side.

Establish the work of our hands oh Lord and Count us worthy to reign with you eternally.

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