Week 16: Friday

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“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
 
One thing we all have in common is the same amount of time. We often say, “There’s not enough time.” But in reality, you have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Micheal Angelo, Albert Eintein and even Steve Jobs. The difference between great people is not how long they have lived, rather how well they spent their time. Our minutes, hours, and days will definitely pass, but we can direct them purposefully and productively. As  Peter Marshall said, “The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation.”
 
Time is a gift from God that can neither be bought nor saved- when its gone, it’s gone. We can waste time by mediocrity and laziness. Oswald Sanders describes leisure as, “a glorious opportunity and a subtle danger”. Each moment of the day deserves care and needs meticulous planning. A person who wants to excel must learn to select and reject certain things, then focus on the utmost important items.
 
Since creation, God has given man twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with 365 days in a year- enough time in life to accomplish all that God intended for us to do.
 
In Ecclesiastes 3:8 it says,
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
 
Time is our most valuable asset, but without a proper perspective, we will spend it foolishly. A biblical perspective on time involves several things:
(1) Life is brief, and we cannot be presumptuous about the future (Jas. 4:14). (2) The eternal gives meaning to the temporal (Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor. 4:18).
(3) Like other assets, our time is owned by God (Ps. 31:15).
(4) We must be sensitive to opportunities so that we can make the most of them (Eccles. 8:5; Col. 4:5).
(5) Our use of time will reflect our priorities (Matt. 6:19-21,34).
 
With so many things to accomplish it is imperative is for us to know the best way to use our time. In Ecclesiastes chapter five, the bible mentions that we shouldn’t be foolishly wasting our time, rather we must use it wisely by knowing the will of God.
 
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The first and chief need of our Christian life is to have fellowship with God. It is a sad reality that Christians can make time for everything else from work, family, and even ministry but seldom make time each and every day to have fellowship with God. How many hours a day has a young person spent for years and years that she may become an Olympic athlete? How many years does a young man spend equipping himself for the medical profession? Close fellowship with God cannot be bought or achieved overnight. Just like any relationship, for it to be strong, it first requires time. 
 
Charles Spurgeon commented:
 
“Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a saving of time. You remember Luther’s remark, I have so much to do today that I shall never get through it with less than three hours’ prayer”… If we have no time we must make time, for God has given us time for secondary duties, He must have given us time for primary ones, and to draw near to Him is primary duty, and we must not let nothing set it on one side. Your other engagements will run smoothly if you do not forget your engagement with God.”
 
Life is too short to waste our time foolishly. Rather we must use it wisely by knowing the will of God and dedicating ourselves to Him each day. As we give Him our precious time, let us have faith in knowing that He also will take care of the things that are precious to us.
 
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