Each day as we pass the cemetery I pray, “Lord, teach me to number my days that I may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). I look forward to my children having the same request.
On the kids’ daily wagon ride around our neighborhood, this is the site we see about 2 blocks away from our house. Unlike many people, I like having a cemetery near by. Not in a morbid way, but as a daily “wake-up call”. Life is VERY SHORT! Just take a look at 10 words/phrases that are listed in The Bible to describe man’s frailty & life’s brevity.
* fleeting (Psalm 39:4)
* a few handbreadths (Psalm 39:5)
* a mere breath (Psalm 39:5,11)
* a shadow (Psalm 39:6)
* like grass (Psalm 103:15)
* like a flower (Psalm 103:15)
* a mist (James 4:14)
* dust (Psalm 103:14)
* a wind (Psalm 78:39)
* passing away (I Corinthians 7:31)
So, if “my lifetime is as nothing before God” (Psalm 39:5), what really matters? A heart of wisdom matters! Wisdom means “to be wise in mind, word or act” (STRONG’S Comprehensive Concordance of the Bible – Hebrew Dictionary p.39). The wisdom that comes from above leads to righteousness (James 3:13-18). How would you answer the following questions?
-Are you striving to have a heart of wisdom more than you are that Degree, position, or raise on your job?
-Are you striving to have a heart of wisdom more than you are trying to keep up with the latest episode of a TV show or gossip of a TV star?
-Are you striving to have a heart of wisdom more than you are buying more stuff or doing more activities?
If Jesus answered these questions about you, would He be pleased with the results? Most likely, we ALL need to grow in this area. May the Lord help us to desire Him more and strive for the wisdom that only He can give.
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. I John 2:17