Intro: These past two weeks have been jammed-full of tasks for me. It is a busy time of the year for the church; many areas that need planning and organizing. I am surrounded by amazing servants, so I am greatly blessed of the Lord! But, honestly, every morning as I look at the calendar readout on my watch I think, “How can it be Thursday [whatever day] already? And, how can Thanksgiving be next week?” Time flies…
In our passage today, we come to the Psalter and a prayer of Moses. Moses helps us put time into perspective when thinking about God. Our Creator God not only knows all about matters of time, He dwells in eternity. We may try to contrast our human nature and time with God’s divine nature and eternity, but the best posture for us in which to think and serve, as finite beings in search of answers, is that of submission to the Greater One who is never bound by time. For example, we pray and expect answers in time, but God answers from eternity—and those answers may take awhile to arrive! So we patiently wait, right?
While we wait for answers, seeking wisdom should be our goal. Moses learned how to release his expectations of how God will answer. The exodus out of Egypt and the pilgrimage into the Promised Land should have taken less than two weeks…but, because God wanted the whole group of people to understand they were making a journey into his rule by submitting to his way of doing things, they ended up in the wilderness forty years. They struggled with submission. No big deal from the perspective of eternity because it goes on forever, but a BIG deal from the human measure of time.
Time is brief here on earth and we need to gather others to the heart of God—the Home of Followers—and be faithful to return and share his love. Right now, God is graciously giving humanity a time to repent and turn back to his rule. May we do our part to tell others so they can return to life with God.
Psalm 90:1-8, 12 A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!
Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!”
For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.
You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning.
In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.
We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury.
You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for Moses’ prayer this morning and the reminder that you are our true Home. Life with you is the only way we will be able to navigate this life wisely. Continue to teach us and lead us in eternal realities in Jesus’ name.