Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Psalms 90:12 - Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
God is so much keen that His children should live in this world with His wisdom. Godly wisdom can come to us only if we interact with God and live a life of regular review of our yesteryears. It entails the number of opportunities that we have wasted away because we didn't use the wisdom that the Lord has given us. When He allows us to live for a day in this world, He has some definite purposes behind it. It is part of His eternal plan for us in His perfect will. But as we endeavor to live according to His purpose, our enemy will come to distract and lure us away from His perfect plan for us. The enemy will make us so busy with work, business and even ministry, as to forget what God wants us to do each day. Thus when we do not make ourselves available for God's purpose to be fulfilled in our lives, we are rejecting the plan and the corresponding heavenly resources which are kept at our disposal as a gift from God. This is the most serious lack of wisdom that we exhibit in our lives. Ultimately when we reckon with it, we will be in a great sense of loss in our account with the Lord. Surely there will be a day of reckoning with God for all the opportunity that He gives us. At that time we would have to stand alone to give an account. If we are adequately aware of this reality, we need the wisdom of God to number the days that we have lost forever. These are the heavenly opportunities that are lost simply because we do not take time to be with the Lord in His presence to receive His wisdom to know how to use the opportunities. As the Lord enlightens us through His Spirit, we need to first of all confess the lost time due to our lethargy, lack of seriousness and the coldness of our hearts. Inasmuch as the loss is permanent and irrecoverable, the Lord is gracious and merciful to forgive us and give us another day or perhaps another year or a few more years. But if we have learned our lessons of the depth of the loss that we have incurred in making use of the opportunities for the Lord and the wasting away of the resources of God, it is time to gear up and invest our everything and our all in the Lord's business. But the Lord is first and foremost asking us to give ourselves to Him and then all that we have will follow suite.
Dear friend, are you aware of the tremendous opportunities and resources that you would have wasted away in the past by not investing it for the Lord? In terms of the hours that are lost, when it is translated in monetary terms, perhaps it will come to millions of rupees or dollars. Yet, are we concerned? Do we feel the tremendous sense of loss? To the extent of the loss on your accord, you are a debtor to the Lord. He is now asking you to count the number of days that are left for you to work for the Lord, and surrender yourself to His business, to at least making the maximum use of the available time in the future. This is one of the ways by which we will be wise according to the Lord. The exciting news is that if we use the Lord's resources to work for Him, He will put all the results in our account and give us credit for it all. Such is our Lord who wants to make use of us for His glory by giving us all that we need to work for Him. The way you have been making use of the available opportunities for the Lord is an indicator of how much Heavenly wisdom you possess. Let us today ask the Lord to forgive our sin of omission in not doing what we ought to have done for Him. Let us also confess our sin of commission by which we have done what we should not have done with the resources He has given us and ask for His pardon. But this pardon is to accompany a total and absolute commitment by us to making use of the future opportunities for the Lord. When we are thus involved in the Lord's business, He will get involved in our affairs and give us our basic needs to enable us to serving Him. So when we are in the Lord's business, we do not need to be anxious about our needs because He is faithful to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. Let us be wise and see all the provisions the Lord has made for us to mind His business and at the same time meet all our needs.
Daniel 12:3 - Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Thought for Today
The depth of our wasted opportunities will be a shocking revelation to us when we meet the Slain Lamb in His full glory.
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