Curse or Gift? – Overwhelmed
It may strike us as strange that its author, Moses, who lived to be 120, should write about the shortness of human life. But even a long life is limited when contrasted with God’s eternal nature.
Here is a perspective on time that has stood up to its test.
Interact with God’s Word
- Taking Moses’ figure of 80 years to be a normal life span, what proportion of your earthly life is left?
- What of eternal significance do you want to see happen in the life segment that remains to you?
- Would this qualify as growing in wisdom (v. 12)?
- What small step could you take toward that purpose today?
- What do you need to savor if you hope to “sing for joy” to the end of your life (v. 14)?
- How can your work be successful and merit God’s approval (vv. 12, 16-17)?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to help you focus your discretionary energies on pursuits that reflect His permanence and your eternal home.
10 Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty. But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we are gone. 11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. 12 Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.
13 O LORD, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. 15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.
16 Let us see your miracles again; let our children see your glory at work. 17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!