Are You Making Good Use Of God’s Time?

We don’t “have” time for anything, we cannot “make” time for something, and we do not have to “find” time because it’s not hidden. It’s right here. We exist in it.

Sure, these are just sayings that we use, but bear with me here as I try to make a point. Time is not something that belongs to us, and it’s not something we have the power to manufacture whenever we feel like we need a little more of it.

Time has been created by God. It’s God’s time, therefore it belongs to Him alone. However, He has graciously loaned it to us and He expects us to make good use of it.

Sometimes, when we think about all the time we’ve wasted in life, it makes us want to kick ourselves. But it’s a good thing to come to the knowledge that we aren’t being as productive as we should, so that we can work on making adjustments.

The availability of time is the same from person to person. As long as we’re alive, we all have access to the same amount of time to use on anything we choose, at any given time.

God does not issue a greater portion of time to one person, over another. We all get the same twenty-four hours. The only variable in the equation is what each of us decides to do with those hours. The fact is, we spend time on the things that are most important to us.

So, how important is reading God’s Word and praying? How often do we find ourselves thinking or saying something like “I just don’t have the time to read?” or “I can’t ever seem to find time to pray.”

Of course, we’re busy with work, families, etc. as these things are important to us, therefore we spend most of our time on them. But what are we doing outside of that time?

During our lunch break, are we reading a chapter of Proverbs instead of scrolling down a never-ending Twitter feed or catching up on the latest office gossip?

Instead of staring sideways at the questionable dish that Jane posted on Facebook, is it possible that we could use that time to close our eyes and bow our heads in silent prayer or read a devotional, while on our morning train commute?

There’s always time for everything, and we choose to spend it on whatever we’re most concerned about. Prioritizing the time that’s available and using it wisely takes practice, but it’s possible. 

A lot of times, when we make out a daily or a weekly schedule, we discover open opportunities that we didn’t even know existed. We can set aside that time to specifically spend with God.

Since making schedules aren’t for everyone, another option would be to intentionally incorporate activities into our normal daily routine.

For example, listen to an audio bible while washing dishes, pray while walking, or listen to a sermon while jogging. Another suggestion would be to feed your spiritual-self at the same time that you feed your physical-self, by reading a chapter or two during meal times. You’ve got to eat, right? And you have nothing better to do while chomping down on that steak.

While these are all great options, it’s still best to set aside some special time for God like He does for each one of us – whether that means waking up 30 minutes early or staying up an hour late. Wouldn’t you agree that He deserves it?

Keep in mind that time is only temporary, and one day it will no longer be available for our use. As previously stated, it’s not ours and once it’s gone, it’s gone. We cannot find extra anywhere, we cannot make anymore or borrow from our neighbor, and we cannot order online and have a box of time shipped to our door. It’s gone.

As God’s beloved children, spending time with Him in His word, in prayer, and in service to others should be our delight and our priority. It’s our main purpose for existing — the reason why we were created. So, why should we allow these things to be neglected?

Just as we graciously lend something to someone and expect them to treat it with care and respect while they have it, so does God also expect us to do the same with the time that He’s generously loaned us. We should always “have” time for the one who gave it to us. How are you spending the time that God has loaned you?

“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

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