A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by

Verse of the day

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” – Psalm‬ ‭90:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Thousand
  • Years
  • Like a day
  • Just gone by
  • Watch in the night

Reading for Today

Psalm 90 – 93

“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

God knows everything about us even our secrets. Put your heart before God and your struggles He wants to help you and lead you to peace.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Wow God has given us 70 to 80 years to live. It is reassuring that God says they are but trouble and sorrow. So if I have an unrealistic expectation of life I will be disappointed most of the time. 

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Your days are numbered whether you accept it of not. Almost sounds like a project manager gantt chart with project duration and relationships on it. I think if we view it like that we will use our days so much more effectively.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Do you have an emotional connection with God. How real is God to you?

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭90:4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Amazing to think God establishes us in our work. So if you are having problems at work, take it to God through prayer. 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Almost sound like the umbrella of Santam protecting you. God is our insurance policy forever.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Have you seen a mother hen cuddling her chicks under her wing. And all the girls go, ahhhhh. It is quite a cute scene. As men we would say that is for women, but don’t you appreciate a nice hug from a loved one. It is pretty much like that with God caring for us. It is intimate and reassuring.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

The battle is really the Lords, just give it to Him.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” – Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2, 4, 7, 9-10, 14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”” – Psalm‬ ‭92:1-2, 4, 6-7, 12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.” – Psalm‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭NIV

How does ut feel when you swim in the sea, quite humbling. That is how we should approach God.


Today’s Prayer 

Lord we are but a mist that appears, then is gone. Father I do trust that you will work out things according to your Glory. Helpme to be thankful and at peace of what You are doing. I pray that I will make today count. The world is so fleeting and empty. How awesome is Your nature, I stood in awe of the mountains yesterday missing my turnoff to work in Ellisras. Lord I am encouraged by my friends heart that after our bible study‬‬ he already invited a lady to join us. God you are at work in people’s hearts, I pray that I might be a good instrument to guide them to You, not a faulty one. Father I do know that people will lie and tell false truths about us. But like Jesus we should most probably just keep silent and let Your will be done.

Christian or a Disciple ?

Is Discipleship a ministry in your church or the ministry of your church ?

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This question has been hitting me like a brick for a while.

A question comes to mind?

Am I a disciple if I don’t make disciples?

Scary thought if you think : Disciple = Christian = Saved !!!

Is your purpose in life to be a Disciple or a “Christian” ?

“Then Jesus came to them (The disciples) and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” – Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭niv

I had to come to the realization that although I reached out to people and studied the Bible with them no one became a disciple in 21 years. Surely I should have seen this long ago or got a solution to me, not being fruitful.

So what has changed from when I became a disciple and were fruitful with making disciples to not being fruitful as a disciple?

  • Not feeling leadership is worthy of respect. Their lives did not inspire me. Well you can most probably say I was imitating them and their attitude. 1 Cor 11:1
  • Not making every effort. Luk 13:24
  • My heart wasn’t fully committed to the Lord. 2 Cron 16:9
  • Making disciples wasn’t my purpose in life anymore. Luk 19:10
  • Not being healed because confessing sin was not a priority. Jms 5:16
  • Not seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness but the comfort for my life. Mat 6:33
  • Sharing an invite and not the gospel. 1 Cor 15:1-4
  • Not believing the harvest is plentiful. Mat 9:37. Not being a workmen. It is hard work to make disciples or would you rather just be comfortable?
  • Not asking the right questions to people about their relationship with God and being too scared and not knowledgeable. Acts 19:2
  • Not really care if people are going to hell. Jude 1:23
  • Not having a compassionate heart. Mat 23:37
  • Not denying myself and taking up my cross. Luk 9:23
  • Not having deep, meaningful discipling times where I bear my heart and my discipler being concerned about my righteousness!!! 2 Tim 4:2-4
  • Not overcoming sin, struggling all the time. Heb 3:12
  • Not believing that we can reach the world in our generation. 1 Disciple make 1 Disciple per year for the next 35 years then the whole world is evangelized reaching 17 billion people. Acts 19:10
  • Not realizing I was lukewarm and about to be spit out of God’s mouth. Not being self aware and seeing myself from God’s perspective. Rev 3:14-22

There is really only one of two choices!!! Luk 13:1-9

Repent

Or

Perish

So I was faced with a decision and repented !!! Amen !!!

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INTRODUCING GOD

Check out this site to put things into perspective – http://htwins.net/scale2/

 

These broad yet compelling features of God reveal Him as the author of creation and the

caring, involved guide for our journey through life to eternity.

 

1. God’s Creativity (Read Genesis 1:1-27)

a. God’s creativity is revealed in the heavens and the earth (the sun, stars, skies,

weather, land formations, oceans, gravity, plants, animals, colors, shapes, etc.)

b. God’s creativity is revealed in the creatures of the sea (compare star formations

and the ½ inch seahorse)

c. God’s creativity is revealed in human beings (our diversity and ability to be creative)

 

2. God’s Glory (Read Psalm 19:1-6)

a. The creation shouts a message of an intelligent creator who cannot be ignored

b. The creation tells us of God’s majestic qualities

 

3. God’s Engineering (Read Job 39:13-18)

a. Consider an ostrich who lays her eggs in the open ground. She lacks wisdom to

protect her young, yet her offspring survive

b. Consider the defensive abilities of other creatures or the human eye

 

4. God’s Vastness (Read Psalm 8:3-5)

a. Consider the immensity of God’s work in the creation

􀁸 It is estimated that more than 100 billion galaxies exist (See Appendix: The Vast

Universe)

􀁸 It is very humbling that God focuses on us and cares for us, even though we are

seemingly insignificant

 

5. God’s Omnipresence (Read Hebrews 4:12-13)

a. Omnipresence means that God is present everywhere, even when we were in our

mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16)

b. The all-seeing eye of God reveals everything, both good and bad (Hebrews 4:13)

c. We can’t run or hide from God; we will one day have to give an account to this great

God

 

6. God’s Love (Read 1 John 4:7-10)

a. God displayed His love for us by providing the ultimate gift of Jesus

b. God’s love is consistent, selfless and in no way manipulative

What are your own thoughts about these amazing traits?

What do you think and feel about God?

 

Further Reading:

 

Exodus 3:1-14—God’s Name

1 John 1:5-7—God is Light

1 Peter 1:15-16—God is Holy

Romans 2:4—God is Kind

Romans 11:22—God is Stern

Acts 17:24-31—God is Purposeful