History’s Birth // Psalm 90:4,2

I came to a painful reality a few years ago that I need to share with you: history did not begin when I was born. Shocking, isn’t it? Sorry to break it to you, but history did not begin when you were born either. That’s a tough pill to swallow. A major component of original sin is the bent toward selfishness that dominates our worldview. Now, some of this is natural and our individual survival depended on it as our caregivers responded to our infant cries. Yes, it is natural, but it becomes a problem when we do not grow out of that phase and realize the world does not revolve around us. We must realize that there is so much more to living than having everyone and everything cater to us. This is one of the primary reasons Jesus taught about the importance of sharing, service, and sacrifice. Those godly virtues remind us of our place in the world as we connect our lives with God and others. So many of the problems we experience in our culture originate from our propensity (if not insistence) to believe that the world should revolve around us. If you find yourself struggling with that this morning, may I suggest today’s verse to you from Psalm 90? This passage comes a prayer of Moses. I think the Psalm hinges on verse 12 where Moses prayed, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” May that be our prayer this morning as we prepare to engage the world. History begins with God and will end with God. I want to close today’s writing with Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” May Christ be our focus today. He is the center of the human experience and our common connecting point yesterday, today, and forever!