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Wisdom To Live A Well-lived Life
Text: Psalm 90:12 IBCSWS November 18, 2007
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
Life is a precious gift from God and the way we carry ourselves reveals our perspective concerning our unique existence. A deep understanding of our God-given life will truly help us to appreciate the way God had created us and the holy image He wants us to project through our whole being.
Realizing that man has body, soul and spirit will make us aware that man has a higher form of life than other creatures. The Bible tells us that God created man in His own image. In Genesis 1:26-27, it is written, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (KJV) Being mindful of these passages ushers us to a better viewpoint where we could clearly see man's irrefutable attachment to our wonderful Creator.
The life we have in this world is not a life of vanity, but with a blessed purpose to glorify God in a very significant way. It is exciting to know that we could give honor to God in many ways.
God has a perfect will for us and the devil is aware of it. Knowing this should move us to be obedient to the Word of God lest the adversary takes advantage of us and entice us to enter into the path of the wicked. The Bible reminds us not to enter into such destructive course.
We must keep in mind that the Bible has a guiding-power to lead people who love to walk in the way of truth and those who adhere to its instruction will experience an abundant life. In Proverbs 4:10-15, it is written, Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. (KJV) These important instructions from the Word of God offer us wisdom to live by and those who receive them will surely walk in the path of wisdom.
(I) We Must Consider The Shortness Of Life
Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses and going through its verses will give us an idea how the man of God realized the shortness of life. The descriptive words will give us understanding that man's earthly life is just a passing life.
-It is liken to a sleep in the night
Man's life is like a dream in the night. It may be a colorful one, it may be black and white or it may be a nightmare. Earthly life is undeniably short and full of troubles. Knowing such truth of life could stir us to put our trust in the Living God.
-Like a grass
Life is like a grass. In Psalm 90:5-8, it is written, Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. (KJV) What a short life for a sinful man. Truly, the wages of sin is death and the only hope of man to have eternal life is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
-As a tale that is told
Life is like a story that is told; a thought or a word spoken in just a short period of time then vanishes into the air. In Psalm 90:9, it is written, For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (KJV) Through the way we spend our lives, we are making our own story of life. Some people have good stories of life and some have tragic stories. After some years of living, our lives will become mere stories to be told and then they remain to be a part of others' thought. Life is indeed so short and therefore should not be wasted in vanity.
-Within man's average life-span
In Psalm 90:10-11, it is written, The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. (KJV) What is seventy years when compared to eternity? Truly, it is just a fraction of eternity and that is the average life-span of man. We really need wisdom so we may live a well-spent life.
(II) We Must Pray For Wisdom
-Pray to God
We must realize the importance of wisdom in this present life and praying for it is a rewarding step of faith. In James 1:5-7, it is written, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (KJV) Pray for wisdom, and surely, God will remember you.
-Learn from God
God is the Greatest Teacher and he who learns from Him will be blessed. In verse 12, it says, So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (KJV) Learn from God, apply His Word, fear Him and walk in the path of wisdom.
(III) We Must Ask God To Work Through Our Lives
-We need the guiding presence of God
Without God's guiding presence, we could not live a well-lived life, but through His guiding hand, we could live a God-pleasing life. In Psalm 90:13, it says, Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. (KJV) Without God, we cannot do anything, but through the Holy Ghost working in us, we can do unbelievable things. This passage does not only teach us to pray for God's presence, but it also reminds us of the needed loving-favor of God upon us.
-We need the mercy of God
Every time we pray to God, we must not forget to ask for His mercy. In Psalm 90:14-15, Moses said, O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. (KJV) Living outside God's mercy is impossible. We need His mercy everyday. Let's praise Him for His unfailing kindness to us.
In Lamentations 3:22, it is written, It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (KJV) Pray for God's mercy and be thankful for it.
-We need the hand of God to help and bless us
May our prayer be like the prayer of Moses. In Psalm 90:16-17, it is written, Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (KJV) Without the help of God, our works will not prosper, but through His awesome working through us, we could do heroic acts and attain remarkable success.
Is it really our desire to live a well-lived life for the glory of God? It's time to apply what we have learned from the Scriptures. Fear God, serve Him in truth, shine for the Lord Jesus Christ till He comes and live a well-lived life.
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