Daily Devotional 7-8-14

Numbering our Days
 
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
 
 
Regarding this earthly life and pilgrimage, we have been foolish–it is high time to awake and put away childish things. We are very apt to forget the nature of human life. Life is like a vapor, like withering grass, like a passing shadow and a fading flower.
 
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!” (James 4:14) Life is frail and short, and yet we talk and act as if we were never to die. The mind is fully absorbed by this world, so we must realize that we have already spent a great portion of our life in selfishness and folly. We have a great work to do in a very short time. We must realize that the remaining remnant of our life will rapidly pass away. What a little time we have yet to live.
 
We must realize that the time of our death is uncertain–we do not know the day or the hour. The vanities of our earthly life are followed by the sublime realities of eternity. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom!”
 
– William Nicholson