APRIL 30 – MAY 6, 2017
“Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” (Psalm 90:12 TLB)
What the text is communicating simply is, “Lord, teach me how to manage my life.” Why? Because we are on this earth for a purpose. A specific and definite purpose. If we do not properly and effectively manage our lives, we will leave this earth without fulfilling our purpose. I refuse to add to the wealth of the graveyard, I will fulfill the purpose of God for my life. Leaving this earth without fulfilling your purpose means that you did not do the will of God for your life as Jesus did (John 5:34). Did you ever wonder who Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7:21-23, when He said you call me Lord, Lord, but I do not know you?
By Moses asking God in the text to help us spend our days as we should, means that there is an approved path for us to follow. And so, we need Him to hold our hands through every step on that path to the very end. Very importantly, we need to know what that path is; we need to know what our purpose is. I tell people that you cannot say “I know who I am” if you do not know the purpose you were born to fulfill. Your purpose is a solution to a problem in the world. You must know how to manage your life to deliver your solution.
Since it is God that created us and gave us a purpose, it means that the management of our lives must be God’s way. Then and only then can there be success, true and lasting success. When Adam and Eve leaned to managing their lives by their own understanding, their life crashed. The road became rough and crooked, not only for them but for the whole of mankind until Jesus came. If we submit to the Lordship and Leadership of Jesus Christ, trusting in His finished redemptive work, our paths will become straight with Him right there directing us, showing and teaching us how we should spend our days. That’s wisdom!
Managing our lives properly is living every minute of our days with purpose. It is associating with the right people. It is properly scheduling our days. It is properly managing our time. It is using our days wisely. It is sleeping, being awake, eating… as we should to get the desired outcome God already predetermined. It is living our lives properly in a good and orderly way. Our days are few. Everyone has a time to get on earth’s stage and a time to leave earth’s stage. Therefore, we must use our time and the resources available to us as we should; wisely. Whatever you fail to manage, you will lose.
Sometimes, we cry out for increase when we have failed to manage what we presently have. Are we wondering why that increase has not come? In God’s love for us, He may not give that increase until we have managed what we have. Otherwise it will destroy us. When the increase comes, it did not come because we prayed, it came because we managed what we had. If you are faithful in little, you will be faithful in much (Luke 16:10).
Remember this! God focuses on His purpose, and how you manage your life in His purpose. So, the first place in effectively managing your life is the discovery of purpose. Many are living lives they have no business living, and so live less than they are. When purpose is missed, everything else is mismanaged. God is very focused on His purpose! The fact that Adam and Eve stepped out of their purpose did not change God’s purpose or cause God to step out of His. He simply put a plan to get man back into His purpose. The fact that God planned life in such a way as “there is a time for everything,” means that life must be managed to fit into different times and seasons. Management of life is very important to God!
Dear Reader, God is not going to ask you what you did with your life here on earth, He is going to ask you what you did with your life in the Garden He gave you here on earth. We all are here on earth, but each of us has been assigned to a Garden. Discover your Garden and begin to tend it; discover your purpose and deliver your solution! If you do not manage your life God’s way, you will not deliver the solution you carry inside you. This is the cause of dissatisfaction of life and unfulfillment.
Jesus said He came so that we can have and enjoy a full, rich and satisfying life that overflows to others (John 10:10). In other words, Jesus came to help us manage our lives as we should; God’s way.
I pray that you will live your life with passion and purpose, effectively managing it and making your way successful. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Have an amazing week of joy and order.