Our Daily Bread

Teach us to number our days, that we may

gain a heart of wisdom.

 Psalm 90:12

The root meaning of the word translated number in “teach us to number our days” is “to weight” or “to measure”.  We are to place each day in the balance and make it tip the scales in a way that will bring glory to God and blessing to the lives of others.

When the great artist Raphael died at the early age of 37, friends and relatives carried his marvelous but unfinished painting, The Transfiguration, in the funeral procession.  His family felt that because of the limited time he was allotted to use his creative genius, the painting was an appropriate symbol of his unfulfilled earthly aspirations.

That half-completed picture has another meaning—-a message that should impress iteslf on all of us:  Life is fleeting.  We should treasure ear hour as a gift of great value and use it to the best advantage.





You have been grieved by various trials, that ….

Your faith, being much more precious than gold …. may be found to praise.

 1 Peter 1:6-7

In the 1980’s, Northern Nevada was the site of a gold strike. The discovery would have been beyond the imagination of 19th-century prospectors, for the gold in those western hills is virtually invisible. Even after being magnified 1,500 times, most of the particles remain imperceptible.

Modern technology, however, has found a way to extract the gold. First, tons of ore are crushed to the consistency of fine sand. Then cyanide is added to dissolve the granules into a clear solution. When zinc dust is blended in, the gold separates from the mixture. The gold was there all the time, but it couldn’t be seen.

There’s a similarity here to life’s troubles. You may not see in them the rich potential of a strong faith, but it’s there. To have it developed is much more precious than gold!





Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example.

 1 Peter 2:21

A former missionary told the story of two rugged, powerful mountain goats who met on a narrow pathway joining two mountain ridges. On one side was a chasm 1,000 feet deep; on the other, a steep cliff rising straight up. So narrow was the trail that there was no room to turn around, and the goats could not back up without falling. What would they do? Finally, instead of fighting for the right to pass, one of the goats knelt down and made himself as flat as possible. The other goat then walked over him, and they both proceeded safely.

In a sense, this is what Jesus Christ did for us when He left heaven’s glory and came to this earth to die for our sins. He saw us trapped between our sin and God’s righteousness with no way to help ourselves. He humbled Himself by giving up His right to use His divine power. He came in the likeness of men and took the form of a servant (Phil. 2:5-8). Then, by dying for sinful mankind, He let us “walk over Him” so that we could experience forgiveness and receive eternal life.


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