Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Wasting time isn’t wise; that’s lesson #1. Life is short, so is the lesson!
Here’s what Proverbs 3 says about wisdom...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.
Did you notice that wisdom is a tree of life and it offers you long life in her right hand? Isn’t that God’s brand of irony? It’s wise to know that life is short, but a wise person is blessed with long life. Whoa! And we know that the wisest thing a person could ever do is believe in Jesus and be blessed with eternal life!
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
Thank you for wisdom, thank you for life, thank you for godliness, and thank you for your Son, Jesus, who leads us to all of these things and in whose name I pray, amen.