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Time Flies

Psalm 39:4

Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

Time flies. I’ve had a few dreams of late – really sound sleep and the dreams come when I sleep soundly. Some of them have been about the past – about some of the good and not so good times in my life. The main point I’ve taken away from them is that time flies. We do not have very long on this sphere we call earth. We need to use every day to the best of our ability and try to take good care of our bodies so God can use us for His purposes while we are here.

Today’s passage tells us that life is fleeting. Our days are numbered and life is fleeting – here on earth. Life is short here – but eternal with God or without God. We must yield to God here in order to live eternally with Him in heaven.

Yesterday we finished the book – How Good Is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley. In that study we were reminded that we don’t get to heaven by our good deeds or being good. We get to heaven because of God’s grace and mercy – His forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 39:1–5 – I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” 2 So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; 3 my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

I’m not sure I want to know my life’s end – but I do know that I am getting closer each breath I take. I want to use all of my days – including those remaining – to serve God and draw people to Christ. Who is with me? Time flies and we need to use each moment to God’s glory!

My thoughts are with the families of two amazing women. First – I heard that first lady Barbara Bush passed. She was an amazing women and a great example to all persons. The I heard a lady from my past – her name is the same as my mother – Frances – from Trinity UMC in Annapolis – passed. She too was a super women and one who supported the ministry of Jesus Christ. My prayers for both families.

Your thoughts are always welcome.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


April 18, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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