Psalm 90:12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
When you look at a mirror, what are you truly looking at? The past, present, or future?
The Evil Queen looked at it for the future. When you’re driving, you’re using it to look behind you. In the morning, you’re looking into it to see what you currently look like.
Today, I read Psalms 90 and C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters,” They both had to do with looking in the past, dealing with the future, and living in the present.
C.S. Lewis presented the idea that we can become complacent with the future-knowing that it will be taken care of, therefore, not doing anything in the present. Verse 12 gave the Biblical support.
As successful people, we don’t just look to the past, as in looking in the rearview mirror. This is dangerous. We can hit the person in front of us, or miss the opportunity that we’ve been looking for. The only time we should be looking through the rearview mirror, is when we sense something is coming up from behind us.
We don’t just look at the present and not have any goals. When we look in the mirror in the morning, it’s not to say, “Ok, here I am, that’s it.” What we’re suppose to say is, “Here I am Lord, what should I do?”
There are times when we do need to look into the future. Not so that we can dwell on the negative and hope that it goes away. But, to give us Hope that what we are doing presently, will minimize the negative.
When C.S. Lewis wrote “The Screwtape Letters”, it was during WWII. People were full of anxiety, due to the unknown of what would happen to human kind. Those that survived and came out for the better, not only focused on the future for hope; but, dealt with the present and were grateful that they were alive.
Psalms 90:12, has us live in the present with urgency. “Teach us to number our days”. Successful people know that there will come a time, when the end will arrive. Therefore, they make each day count. They get as much done as they possibly can. In the end, learning daily, and having knowledge of the present, so that it can be a ‘present’ from God. That present from God is going to help us get through the future.