Span Stewards

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust…
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers…
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away…

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom…
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:1-6,8-10,12,14-17

God who has been from everlasting created man within earthly time, establishing orbits and rhythms of days and years before fashioning man to dwell in their sphere. He has planted eternity in our hearts, yet in the flesh we perceive and handle spans of time as those who see in a mirror dimly. Our internal yearning may reach beyond the here and now, and future we imagine, yet we are bound by time and space in the finite here below. The infinities of our Almighty quicken and inspire, yet by their nature are beyond grasp. (Genesis 1:1-2,14-19,26-28; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 103:11-12; Ecclesiastes 3:11; 1 Corinthians 13:12)

As God’s children we are given the task of steward over and within time. Each is entrusted with a certain number of days known only to God, each determines how to manage them. Like a bridge span stretching from one place to the next, God’s ordained spans of time are to be traveled from now to then, here to there, in one direction with purity, power, and eternal purpose. (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16; Isaiah 43:7; Acts 17:26-28; 1 John 3:2-3)

The span is not all smooth and hum. Clouds can threaten from above, water may churn underneath. Toil and trouble pock the way, and secret sins cause miserable afflictions, but God’s love is unfailing and His destination sure. His mercies are new every morning, and conviction of evil leads to gladness in His power to redeem. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

How are we handling the time God has entrusted to us? What need we change to move from biding to making the most, from sigh to song? In what ways will we work to minister truth, redemption, comfort, and encouragement along our way?

Lord, may my every moment serve to reflect Your excellencies, present Your life, spread Your light, and bring You glory.

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