Steve, my late husband, wrote lots of notes. He wrote notes at work, notes to his family and love notes daily to me. Interesting how he dated each and every type of correspondence. The date, in fact, was the first thing he would ever record on any piece of paper.
Psalms 90 is a powerful read:
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Truly, God did teach him to number his days and he most assuredly did apply his heart unto wisdom as consistently for many years he read Proverbs daily.
Oh how that consistency plagues this scattered widow! It seems the only reigning consistency in me these days tends to habits not very spiritual in design, but focused rather on the things of this world. Then, in the midst of the lazy, I remember my God and speedily include him in my day.
FIRST…I want to keep him first, not just remembered. Yet, perhaps I am in good company for even our great Apostle Paul shares his proclivity to failure in Romans 7 as he says, “I find then a law that when I would do good, evil is present with me…” And his ‘therefore’ sums up the simple and profound aha!: “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin.”
And then there is this sharp two-edged sentence just to solidify today’s ramble: James 4:17 Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not to him it is sin. Summary: With my mind I know to do good, to serve the law of God but when the flesh is strong, I serve the law of sin and truly the wages of sin is death…Romans 6:23
I do know to do good…to study, to pray, to fast and to hunger after God and to seek his face evermore…Psalms 105:4.
The Date I have this day is with Jesus!