It sure is easy to take life for granted. We assume that we’ll wake up each morning and go about our day uneventfully and that nothing traumatic will happen to us or to those we love. We’re very comfortable going about our daily business, and we forget how short life really is because everything is going along just fine. But we must remember: life is short; live it well.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
God knows that we humans tend to not realize the brevity of life and that we need to learn to appreciate each day He gives us. He understands that we often don’t fully comprehend that life is short, so we need to live it well.
Number our days
God already knows how many days we’ll spend on this earth, but we don’t. (Job 14:5 tells us, “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”) To number our days means to not let one single day pass by without appreciating it and living it fully for God’s glory and honor. Numbering our days doesn’t mean that we worry about how many days we’ll live. Rather, it means that we realize that life is short, so we need to live it well; we need to live it fully.
That we may gain a heart of wisdom
When we truly understand that life is short so we need to live it well, we will live wisely. Wisdom guides us in our decisions and in how we live our lives. If we don’t realize the brevity of life, then we’ll probably live foolishly and make unwise decisions.
According to Hebrews 9:27, (“…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”), we only have one life to live, so we need to live it as fully as we can. We must resist the tendency to robotically move from one day to the next without so much as considering that life is short; live it well.