Nummber Our Days
The psalmist prayed,

“Teach us to number our days , that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, emphasis supplied).

The counting of days, hours, and minutes is an essential part of life. Accurate timing is one of God’s specialties. Consider the message of the Son of Man when He began His earthly ministry:

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfi lled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14, 15).

This “time” that was “fulfilled” is a reference to the prophecy of Daniel 9:25—an essential truth for those who were studying and preparing to meet the Promised One. It was designed to help them recognize their Lord for who He really was—the prophesied Saviour of the world. What about today? God cares about time just as much now as He ever has. The prophecies revealing our current age as the “end-time” are clear and precise. This is one reason why punctuality is a vital character quality for Christians to develop, as it harmonizes with God’s character in the commandment not to bear false witness against our neighbor when promising a certain time for an appointment—and also to avoid stealing the valuable time of others by tardiness. We also find that orderly scheduling is important in the home life, for it promotes smoothness of activity to help the household hum along as well-oiled machinery. A word to the wise We are cautioned, however, in these last days:

“Should we advance in spiritual knowledge, we would see the truth developing and expanding in lines of which we have little dreamed, but it will never develop in any line that will lead us to imagine that we may know the times and the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power. Again and again have I been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ . . . . “The Lord showed me that the message must go, and that it must not be hung on time; for time will never be a test again. I saw that some were getting a false excitement, arising from preaching time, that the third angel’s message can stand on its own foundation, and that it needs not time to strengthen it , and that it will go with mighty power, and do its work, and will be cut short in righteousness.”

1 “The Lord showed me that time had not been a test since 1844, and that time will never again be a test .”
2 What is the danger of time-setting? We are warned that at some point, man-made calculations will end up setting vital prophecies too far in the future—leaving multitudes unprepared for the final, decisive hour. “[Jesus] weeded all vanity from life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes.”
3 Therefore, as our time of probation lingers a little longer, may our prayer echo that of the psalmist:

“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am” (Psalm 39:4)

. Only as we realize our frailty will we spend our precious probationary time measuring our attitudes and actions against the Model in order to come up to the full stature of men and women in Christ—that stature necessary for en- trance into the kingdom of heaven.


1 Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 188. [Emphasis supplied.] 2 The Review and Herald, November 1, 1850. [Emphasis supplied.] 3 The Desire of Ages, p. 91