“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” Psalm 90:12
Let’s go back to old Egypt, to the day when Joseph brought Jacob his father, before Pharaoh. As the king looked upon the noble face of the patriarch, he said, “how old are you?” Jacob replied in those wonderful words we find in Genesis 47:9: “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”
In this beautiful oriental expression he humbled himself, and yet he was the greatest man there, because the next verse tells us that Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” The Holy bible assures us that the lesser is blessed of the greater. Can’t you see the royal head of Pharaoh bowed as the hands of the aged shepherd were laid upon him in blessing! You see, age was more imperial than authority – the old shepherd greater than a mighty kind.
As you grow older, there are two words that you will say more and more. They are these: “I remember.” The experiences of your youth will mean more and more to you as you get older. You will live again in the school days, the happy days of vacation, the days at home with father and mother, brothers and sisters, and friends. Those days will glow with a golden hue as time goes on, and you will say “I remember.”
This is why it is so important to establish a relationship with God when you are young. For when you are old you can look back and say, “I remember when I accepted Christ as my savior and since I have done that, life has never been easy, but I have the assurance, the joy of knowing that there is something better to come, and that is life with my creator.” So, why wait? Why wait for we never know when our time will end or we look back in time with words of regret and say: “I wish I had accepted Christ when I was young, Look at all the years of peace and joy I have missed because I was foolish thinking I could do it all on my own.”
When we looking back at life, we can look back with fondness and say, “I remember.” Two little words that give us comfort, but there are four words we often say when our days grow old, they are: “I wish I had.” Don’t wait and look back at your life saying, “I wish I had a relationship with Christ.” That relationship with Christ is the most important relationship you will ever form on this earth and it will last an eternity. For you have no fear that Christ will leave you as our earthly friends can and do. Christ says, “Lo, I am with you always, even until the end” (Matthew 28:20). So go ahead, what are you waiting for ask him into your life.