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Your Days Are Numbered

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

– Psalm 139:13

When I was a young child, my parents divorced. I knew they both cared about me a lot, and they figured out an arrangement that enabled me to get to know both of them really well as I grew up. For the first four years after they separated, I lived primarily with my dad, and for the second four, I lived with my mom. When I lived with my dad during the week, my mom would drive every Friday from the San Fernando Valley to San Juan Capistrano (in the southernmost part of Orange County) to pick me up and take me to her house for the weekend. To get from one end of town to the other, we would sit in two hours of horrible traffic in her old station wagon. While I remember those visits in the car fondly, I know they took a toll on her. In fact, something I recall vividly was that every time a motorcycle would split lanes and fly past us, she would say emphatically, “His days are numbered!” Looking back, I believe she was actually envious of any motorist’s ability to skirt the gridlock that made her feel stuck, and uttering those words offered her some relief. Yet regardless of her reason for making the statement, the undeniable fact is that it’s true. All of our days are numbered, and it’s God who does the numbering. While we don’t like to think about the end of our time on earth, it’s a comfort to know that nothing can add to or take away from the span He has ordained for us. He is the giver of each breath, and He knows exactly how long our journey will be. Therefore, rather than fretting about when the end will come, He invites us to surrender our fear of death, live each moment to the fullest, and trust Him to help us finish well.

My friend, all of your days are written in God’s book, and there’s nothing you can do to change them. While the world overloads your senses with images that cause you to dread the end of life, you can rest in His sovereignty and trust His perfect love to see you through. Be a steward of your health, but remember that the Maker of heaven and earth holds your body, soul, and spirit in His hands, and He will get you safely to the end of your divinely-designated span. You needn’t live in terror of death or expend endless energy trying to become immortal. Rather, believe that He will take care of you, and know that His goodness and mercy will follow you every hour of every day for all of eternity.

Prayer


Jesus, you are the keeper of my life. Help me to trust you so I don’t waste precious time fearing death.

Reflection


How does understanding that God knows the number of your days change the way you live?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

One thought on “Your Days Are Numbered

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    It opens my eyes to a whole new way of how I live my life. By always trying to take care of my overall health in many different ways.Riding the exercise bike every morning. Watching my intake of high caloric laden foods. Brushing and flossing my teeth three times a day.Taking a shower after my workout. Always thinking beautiful and positive thoughts. Not letting any negative and ugly words penetrate my inner being.Trying some form of meditation.that is calming.By utilizing those principles.I know that my life is firmly in the hands of God. I can rest assured that when my life on earth is done. My heavenly home will welcome me with open arms.We all have to take action now to improve our overall health and well- being. Life is precious and needs to be protected. May God bless everyone at Hour of Power and Shepherd’s Grove will abundant good health. To the Schuller family. I send to them my warmest greetings for peace love and happiness.May all have a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday tomorrow.God bless America and all of our troops that are still fighting for our freedoms overseas.And he will raise you up on Eagle’s Wings. Bear you on the breath of Dawn. Make you to shine like the Sun. And hold you in the palm of his hand. Let us all take care of each other. Reach out and touch somebody’s hand

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