Consider one of the boldest statements I’ve ever heard: “God is still the most important, most valuable, most satisfying, most all-encompassing and, therefore, most relevant reality in the world.” Wow! That’s a power-packed comment! This confident statement was written by well-known preacher and author John Piper whose assertion was a simple one: life begins and ends with God. Do you agree? This is real food for thought.
Our world has, perhaps, thousands of differing interests, goals, objectives, pursuits, philosophies, paradigms, perspectives and contexts. Yet, Piper puts it to us that all of this bows in submission to the authority and omnipresence of God. Well, I agree with him.
I don’t even think that you have to be a religious person to, at least, stop and take notice of this concept. Nature’s splendour, the beauty of the horizon at sunrise and sunset, the benevolent humanity of men and women and even former enemies during times of natural disaster and the sobering reality of death, are just a few indicators that there’s something, or more accurately, Some One bigger than us- indeed, Some One higher, taller, stronger, smarter, more powerful.
Yesterday, November 20, 2019 was the 7th anniversary of my mother’s death. As I visited the cemetery where she was buried, I said a silent prayer thanking God for all that the wonderful Ruth Patricia Marcus taught me and I recommitted myself to use my gifts to serve others. Walking besides multiple tombstones was a timely reminder of how fleeting life really is. I reflected on the words of the psalmist who said: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Yes, life is short. Our days are numbered. Therefore, each day counts. If we humbly accept that we are finite beings, then it becomes that much easier to pursue wisdom at the heart level.
Wisdom, which is the application of knowledge to daily living, begins with a healthy reverence for God. It keeps eternity in view even as we accomplish our life’s goals. Wisdom acknowledges that we humans need one another and so it motivates us to treat others with respect, kindness and grace. Wisdom is valuable and is to be treasured.
Number your days, make the most of every opportunity and gain a heart of wisdom.