As a public school teacher one of the subjects I taught was English grammar. Teaching the tenses of verbs meant explaining the past, present and future. For example:
I prayed yesterday.
I pray today.
I will pray tomorrow.
Time – it is easy to use in words but hard to understand.
Look at: 2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
I don’t know about you but that is confusing to me. How can something be two things? The answer: Only with God.
God is able to manipulate time. Since He has full control we know He can do anything.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17, NIV).
Practically I see God helping me with my time.
He wakes me up earlier when He knows I need more time in study with Him.
He wakes in the middle of the night with a thought to pray for someone.
He focuses my thinking and actions to I get more accomplished than if I had let my mind wander or allowed myself to procrastinate.
He leads me to verses in my Bible that help me see His power over everything so that I know He controls time too.
One of the books that I read in my early days as a follower of Christ was A Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren. I remember saying YES many times throughout the book. Yes – God has given me time to do His work for His glory.
Recently I have been reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. In this book we are to look closely at our lives and make a life plan – and review it, because time does change our circumstances and it is important to take stock where we are and where we are heading.
The book talks about drift. I think of a sailboat encountering a lull – no wind. We all need to get our boats moving in a positive direction. I think taking a closer look at ourselves will help us do that.
What are your thoughts? Look at your time. Ask God to help you prioritize. Seek Him to find your life plan.
May I pray with you?
Father, we know you control all things, including time. Help us to understand ourselves and how we can best use our time to serve you better. In Jesus’ name. Amen.