Psalm 90:12

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

It is the first day of the year. You are thinking, “How did this past year fly by so fast?” There is a part of you that is nervous, scared, and excited all at the same time thinking about what the new year will bring. This coming year will bring, for some, blessings that they never thought possible; for others it will bring hardships that they too never thought possible.

Matthew Henry writes, “We must live under a constant apprehension of the shortness and uncertainty of life and the near approach of death and eternity.” The thought of the Rapture coming this year, or even death itself, is a frightful and dangerous thing to ponder for the individual who is not ready to meet the Lord. The Rapture is eagerly anticipated to the Believer who is assured of his place in Christ and truly born again.

It is right to start out the year with the 90th Psalm: a prayer of self-examination written by Moses. It is not a natural thing for a human being to realize and examine the frailty of life. Our lives here really are, as David wrote, “... are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalm 103:15-16)

Let us then realize how short of a time we are given to serve the Lord in this life. Let us apply our hearts to His wisdom so we will be ready to meet Him when He comes. So we can be proven as sons and daughters of God; forgetting that which lays behind us and straining to that which lies ahead of us.

As you lay your head on the pillow to wake to the beginning of another year, remember that this could be the final year you will have the opportunity to live for Him in this life. Instead of worrying about the mistakes of last year, ask Him, “Lord, what do I need to make right, and what can I do for you today?"

Take some time today and wait before the Lord. The next life is just around the corner, so keep fighting the good fight.

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But when He comes this time, hardly none but those who are ready will know when He comes. There'll just be an absence of people. They won't know what happened to them. They'll just be caught away, in a moment, and that they just come up missing. "Changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye." So just be ready for that. It'd be horrible some morning to miss a loved one, no one can find them. Wouldn't it be too bad to know it's done past and you missed it? So just keep before God.