We have only been given a small amount of time and it matters what we do with it. Eternal life is not merely an endless succession of moments; it is a new quality of life in God.
Scripture: Psalm 90
- With God, a thousand years is like a watch in the night. The phases of life are quickly changing, so we're to number our days and gain a heart of wisdom (cf. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11).
- We have only been given a small amount of time and it matters what we do with it.
- Time is an elusive concept, though it is an ever present reality.
- A perspective that excludes God is depressing: meaningless time, chance, and matter are moving toward nothingness.
- Time and history themselves are created by God.
- God has manifested His Word in history, giving us meaning.
- We are to walk in God's law and receive His blessing (Psalm 1).
- We can't extend our time, but we can use it foolishly or wisely; we can invest our time for eternity.
- We are to deal with all things in life in terms of the Word of God.
- Grief and sorrow are to be accepted as an aspect of our lives in this world.
- Heaven and earth will pass away; history is working toward an end and so are the days of our lives.
- God is concerned with our daily activities; what you are and what you do matters to God and to others.
- At the incarnation of Christ, time and eternity collided; the Creator of the universe became a baby and endured suffering in life as a man (Galatians 4:4-5).
- It is the reality of God's work in history through Christ which helps us to number our days and to gain wisdom.
- If we construct our lives on anything other than Christ, those works will be burned up.
- What we do now affects the future; what we do now affects eternity in terms of reward for believers and ultimate loss for those who do not know Christ.
- The parable of the rich fool shows the consequences of living without regard to eternity's considerations (Luke 12:16-21).
- We do not know how much time we have; you can make all the plans you can make, but we are not promised tomorrow.
- We are creatures utterly dependent on God.
- In due time God manifested His Word through preaching.
- How will they hear unless someone preaches to them (Romans 10:14-17)?
- God has spoken to us through His Son who died for the ungodly (Hebrews 1:1-2; Romans 5:6).
- Eternal life is not merely an endless succession of moments; it is a new quality of life in God (Romans 6:23).
- It is through Christ that we gain this new life in God (John 3:36).
- The old order is passing away and will be replaced (1 Cor. 15:55).
- Today is the time to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 6:2).
- According to Psalm 1, what is the blessed life?
- Are we going to be obedient to God? Will we walk in the law of the Lord? Cf. Psalm 1.
- What is God's purpose in our salvation according to Ephesians 2:8-10?
- How does it help us to number our days when we reflect on the focal point of history in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ?
- What lessons can we draw from the story of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-21?
- Where should we look for the meaning of our lives in time and history?
- What are we going to do with the time that God has given us?