Thursday, March 20, 2014

365 Days with God - Day 90: A Heart of Wisdom

I'm giving myself a challenge. Read the Bible each day for a whole year, following the ESV Study Guide 1-year plan. Each day, I will post whatever God has revealed to me in His Word, and how it is changing me. A friend of mine once said that nothing has changed her life as much as reading the bible each day - and I'm excited for how this will change me. Join me on an adventure into the heart of God - and day by day, we can learn more about who He is and what that means to us!

- Andy Catts

Day 90, March 20, 2014
Readings: Psalm 90, Exodus 35:30-35, Esther 3, 1 Corinthians 8

It's been "pop wisdom" for a long time. Songs that say "If today was your last day" and others like it - all asking the question: "What would you do if your time on earth was limited? And what if that limitation was very short?"

This is nothing new. In fact, it has been part of cultures for thousands of years.

"You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:5-6, 12-14)

Profound in it's simplicity, Psalm 90 brings us right back to the roots.

Our lives are short. As short as a day.

A heart of wisdom recognizes the scarcity and brevity of life.

A heart of wisdom is satisfied by the love of God.

We spend so much time chasing pleasures on Earth, pleasures that last only a day. We experience anguish over suffering and afflictions that only last a day. We can be so much more than this. We can have a heart of wisdom.

While our lives may seem long, they are not. While our concerns and dreams may seem long-term, or insurmountable, or important, they are not. Life is short. And true wisdom is knowing that, and living a life that demonstrates that wisdom.

What would you do differently? Not if today was your last day - but if you viewed your life as a day? How would you live? How would you love? How would you cope? How quickly would you move on? Where would your dreams and passions lie?

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