Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12.
The Financial Crisis:
On Sept 15, 2008, The stock market crashed. The crash became the precussor of the biggest market crash since the 1930s and spiralled across the world. The other day, CNN ran a news clip to commemorate the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Firstly, I was shocked to realize it was already so long. It looked like it happened a couple of weeks ago. I vividly remembered the headline on CNN "Economy in Crisis" and all the noise of losses and write-downs that happened in the financial industry. Now it is a story.
What of your own personal life? You were a year older yesterday; this is your fifth year in that job that you hated; you finally have lived 20 years on that street that you promised you would move from within 2 years; today is the third year since you said you would do that degree, write that exam or complete that new book. How time flies.
I look back at my own life and I am amazed at how much time has gone. You know we tell our friend the stories of things that happened when we were in the University as though they happened yesterday; we talk about the prayer leagues with our senior friend when we were in our first year; we talk of the "Alutas", we talk about the courses we loved or failed as though they all happened yesterday. They are stories that are more than 10 years old.
This obviously would have been what the Psalmist was going through when he wrote that scripture "Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom" Wisdom is profitable to direct. We need to take time to take an inventory of our lives and see if it is looking like we planned it. We need to number our days. Maybe we will change direction or take a decision that can change the course of our lives.
Can I ask you a question? if you continue to do the things you are doing now, the way you are doing them, will you achieve you purpose in life?
God's Own Annivesary:
There are four cardinal issues that we need to look at from the 1st chapter of Genesis
1. Every new day in your life presents you a new opportunity to add something new to your life: God had created the heavens and the earth in the dateless past, at the beginning. God's earth had become empty and void with darkness over the face of the deep. But Genesis 1:3 said God spirit hovered over the waters and God said "Let there be Light" From that day, time began and as each day passed, God sought opportunity to change his world and bring His dreams to pass. At the close of everyday God would take an inventory of what He had done and He would say "It was good". Every new morning was God's opportunity to add something new and good to His earth. Every new day in your life presents you a new opportunity to add something new to your life.
2. Thank God for the night times of your life when everything must recede and take a break. The night time must come, and you must take a break, even if temporary, from the thing that grieve you and oppress you. Let me tell you something about the night:
a. The night must come: As far as the earth remaineth day and night, summer and winter, summer and winter shall not cease.
b. If not for the night there will never be regeneration. You know people talk about sleep deprivation is a big issue and that is because sleep regenerates our neural system. There is the circadian rhythm that controls our body clock managing our waking and sleeping time. Even plants breathe out carbondi-oxide at night and take in oxygen. You know if all of our lives were good, we would not have time to rethink, re-plan and refresh.
c. No matter what is going on, at night, it must stop. Both the troubled and trouble must stop. Nothing under the effect of time is endless; whatever has a beginning must have an end.
3. A time must come when you must take an inventory of your life and make decisions that change the direction of your life.
4. Sometimes, I wish life was just one spark-fast-sprint where you make one move, get a result and that’s it, but it is not so. Life is a continuum. Yes, you do one thing right, then you must create a habit of doing right things and being right and living right, and that leads you to keep doing other things right.
Notice I said “you create a habit of doing right things”. A habit of consecutively doing right things is the key to the success and breakthrough you desire. A miracle will cancel your debt but a good financial habit will bring you prosperity. A miracle will heal your body, a but a habit of taking care your health will keep you healthy. Etc.
Four Inventories You Must Take
1. An inventory of your vision and God’s purpose for your life. You need to ask sometimes:
a. Am I in God’s purpose for your life? Where am I in comparison to God’s plan and purpose that he has revealed to me?
b. If I keep going this way and living the way I live, where will my life end up?
c. What changes can I make to my life to line up my vision and God’s purpose for my life?
Without vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18)
2. Take an inventory of your walk with God.
a. Am I walking in the spirit or in the flesh?
b. Am I developing habits that foster growth in the things of the Spirit? Habits like praying in the spirit, speaking right, living right, tithing, confessions, taking sides with God (life of faith in the word). These are great habits that will help you grow and succeed in the things of God and of natural living.
c. Are there spiritual contaminants I am greatly exposed to? We need to put them away: all contaminant of the body and the spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
3. Take an Inventory of your personal life:
a. Am I developing habits that make for success? Habits like working hard, waking early, executing, applying myself etc.
b. Am i taking care of my family?
c. Am I taking care of myself, sleeping well, eating well, taking care of my body and my health etc?
4. Take an inventory of your soul (i.e. your mind, your will and your emotions):
a. Do I need more education?
b. Am I learning new things that will help me grow in deepen my knowledge career wise, ministry wise etc?
c. Am I also being socially relevant?
d. How do I get to the next level?
If you do this, you will be well and your life will be a mighty force of God.