Happy New Year!!!
Welcome to 2018.
In Psalm 90, Moses wrote a very famous verse, “Teach us to number our days O Lord that we may have a heart of wisdom.” Does it mean that we should realize the limited number of days we have on earth? Yes. But I have come to realize that it means even more. The word “number” here is a translation of the Hebrew word “manah” which also means to appoint and ordain. So it can be translated, “Teach us to appoint our days, to ordain our time.”
Typically, when someone is about to go into ministry, there is often something called an ordination service in which other ministers lay hands on, pray over, publicly recognize, anoint, and commission him for the ministry and purpose for which he has been called by God. This is the exact same word in Hebrew as the word translated to mean number. Yes, it is that deep. This means that if we let our days go by without ordaining them, they could just go by wasted, missing the purpose for which they were meant.
As the year begins, what kind of year do you want this to be? Don’t let it just go by. Ordain it. Schedule your ordination service – consecrate, dedicate, appoint, and commission it for God, so that it will fulfill the purpose for which it was called, to be a blessing in your life. Appoint the days. This means that we do not just sit passively waiting to see what our days shall bring, we are to prepare them.
What will the days yet to come bring into your life?
Perhaps like me you are asking, how can I prepare my days before they happen?
- We pray, we pray ahead of the days and we refuse to allow our days determine our lives. We choose to allow our life determine our days by appointing our days for the purposes of the most High. We prepare the days ahead, setting them apart and committing them into God’s hands and appointing them for the fulfilling of His purposes. Prayer is purposing in the Spirit and declaring it.
- We speak and align our confession with what we desire. We find a good example in Acts 17:21. “After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
Appoint Your Days!!!
Have a super blessed 2018 ahead.
Excerpts from the Manah devotional- Rabbi Jonathan Cahn.