Summary: Life’s sinking sun is sinking low, a few more days, and I must go. We will not be here for long. How will you spend your days?
Making the Most of the Time We Have
This is the oldest Psalm, and it was the only one written by Moses. Psalm 90 is Moses prayer to God asking for wisdom to make the most of his time on earth. A key verse might be verse 12. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Moses lived to be 120 years old. It wasn’t until he was 80 years old, that God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses knew the value of making the most of his time left on earth. Moses valued God more than the riches of Egypt.
SEE Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: ….Moses prays this prayer….”Lord, teach us to number our days…value our days…value the time we have left….”
Someone has illustrated time in this way. Suppose every day there was deposited in your bank account the amount of $86,400. There is this catch to it, what you don’t use during the day, you lose. There is no forwarding balance carried to the next day. Each day you begin with $86,400. What would you do with it? Go on a spending spree everyday?
We are given 86,400 seconds each day. Once the day is up, it’s history. You can’t save it, it’s forever gone. It’s foolish to squander and waste $86,400, and it is much more foolish to squander and waste 86,400 seconds. Not everyone would agree. Many people would say, money is more important than time. Many would say wasting money is foolish, but wasting time doesn’t matter. How about if you were given just a few months to live? What amount of money would a person give to have more time to live?
The Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37
When the twin towers were engulfed in flames on September the 11th, money was not a major issue, the stock market was not a major issue. The major issue was time. Time meant everything. Time to get out of the building. Time to rescue as many as possible. When many were trapped and death was inevitable, then time to use a cell phone to say final words to loved ones.
Moses’ prayer is “God, teach us to make the most of our time remaining. Give us a heart of wisdom to do the right thing.”
We have a certain amount of time, so let’s make the most of the time we have. How can we do that? How can we make the most of time when it seems we don’t have enough time? How can we make the most of time when it seems useless because our time is taken up by other things beyond our control?
To help us learn how to make the most of our time….I want to give you 3 things that we must remember, and then there are 2 ways to make the most of your time.
1. Remember God is God, and We’re Not. (vv. 1-2)
He is our sanctuary. God has been that for all generations. People foolishly waste their time seeking for security, when God alone is our security. He is our protection and stability. Mountains are a favorite vacation spot for a lot of folks. They are really impressive. Mountains give an impression of strength, stability and something that will last for a long time. In the Bible we know there will be a day when all the mountains will be removed from their place. In the last days men will run from the face of the Lord. They will run into the caves of mountains looking for protection. In Psalm 90:2, we read that God was before the mountains. He created the mountains. True security is in God. God is more stable than a mountain. He will never change.
ILLUST: Friday evening I saw on the news about a man in Sparta, TN who was cutting the grass with a riding mower. Suddenly, he along with the mower took about a 15 foot drop. A sink hole suddenly appeared. There was water up to his head. He screamed for help, and thankfully neighbors helped to get him out of the hole. The ground we stand on is not that stable. We would be wise to find a place where the ground never shakes and gives way. God is our sanctuary. He is our dwelling place. To make most of our time here on earth, we would be wise to find God to be our dwelling place. Jesus is our Rock. And upon that rock even the gates of Hell cannot prevail against it.