“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
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We don’t “have” time for anything, we cannot “make” time for something, neither do we need to “find” time because it’s not hidden. It’s right here. We exist in it. Sure, these are just sayings 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. God created 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 we can work on making adjustments. The distribution of time is the same from person to person. As long as we’re alive, we all have access to the same amount of it, to use on anything we choose. 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 is what each of us decides to do with those hours.
If you took a moment to think about it, wouldn’t you agree that we spend time on the things that are most important to us? Well, how important is reading God’s word? How important is praying? Don’t we often find ourselves thinking or saying something like, “I just don’t have time to read” or “I just can’t find time to pray.” Of course, we’re busy with work, family, etc., as these things are important to us, 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 with 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 pray or read a devotional, while on our morning train commute?
There’s always time for everything. We choose to spend time on whatever we’re most concerned about. Prioritizing the time that’s available and using it wisely takes practice, but it’s possible.
There’s nothing wrong with making a schedule to set aside time to spend with God. Schedules are a good way to manage our hours and in fact, it can help us identify available time that we didn’t even know existed. But if sticking to schedules isn’t your thing, another option is to intentionally incorporate activities into your daily routine.
For example, listen to an audio bible on YouTube or on Alexa while washing dishes. Pray while taking a nature walk, 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.
Now, while all these are good options to get started, it’s still best to set aside some special time for God, in appreciation of the individual attention He gives each and every 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?
Just 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 can’t make any more, we can’t borrow from our neighbor, and we cannot order online and have a box of time shipped to our door. Nope. That’s it. Once the Lord says time is up, then time will cease to be.
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 it’s in their possession, so does God expect us to do the same with the time that He’s generously loaned us. We should always “have” time for the one who supplied it to us, don’t you think? How are you spending the time that God has loaned you?