Speaking of Beth Moore, this past January she encouraged readers of her blog to memorize 24 scriptures during this year. On the 1st and 15th of the month, a new scripture of your choosing, would be added to your memory work. (I am joined by several special ladies, Beckie, Cynthia, Patty, Jennifer, Lisa and Debbie) It is great having the accountability of not only Beth's blog, but these ladies as well.
My scripture for March 15
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands. PS. 90:17
This morning before my feet hit the floor, I was praying this scripture. Kynn and I, along with Cynthia, teach a young couples class at the 8:45 am hour at Shandon Baptist Church. Yesterday we began a new class for this church year. I was specifically praying for our class and the direction that God may lead it. I was asking God to establish the work of our hands, the work that He has for us to do. We are open to his leading. We want to join him where he is at work.
I am currently working through a devotional book called, A 30 day walk with God in the Psalms by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Wouldn't you just know it! My lesson today was Psalm 90. Yep! That was the verse I was praying this morning.
Nancy DeMoss walks the reader through the whole Psalm. God is our dwelling place, we are frail and will return to dust, we are to number our days, and it ends with establish the work of our hands.
After working through this psalm, I felt an even more urgency to pray, Establish the work of our hands,.....MY hands. Verse 12 reads, "So teach us to number our days, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Two questions that she asked in the application part of the devotional included,
1. Calculate approximately how many days you have already lived. If God gives you a lifespan of 70 years (25,550 days), how many days do you have left on earth? How do you want to live those remain days? (ok, I know for the young peeps (lol) out there, this does not mean much, but for older peeps like me, :) well..............) I DID the math! Gulp.
2. What practical difference would it make for you to live your life "in the light of eternity?"
2 Peter 3 says
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed."
Our works really do matter here on earth. They will be exposed and judged one day by God.
Whatever your work is today, may it be for God's glory.
Father, I pray today, that you will establish the work of my hands, that it may make a difference for your kingdom, that I will not waste my time, but use it wisely. Help me to be mindful to number my days. Thank you for bringing your word to me. Amen.
(If anyone would like to join the scripture memory, it is not too late. Just let me know and we will add you to our email each 1st and 15th or join in on Beth Moore's blog)