There is a time for everything. A time to … sleep… wake up… work… buy food… eat food… play… make a mess… clean up a mess… go out… come home… We just know when it’s time to do these things (although we don’t always do them when we’re supposed to). God has created time, but He is outside of time.
38 While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”
41 The Lordanswered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Out of all the things we do everyday, out of all the ways we spend our time, is there time for spending time with the Lord? Is there time to sit at Jesus’ feet? (Luke 10)
Once time has past, it is gone. It is the most precious thing we have to spend, invest, or waste. Jesus was busy every day, but He was never in a hurry, and He always took time to spend with His Father.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Yesterday was history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.
Psalm 90: A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1 Lord, You have been our refuge
in every generation.
2 Before the mountains were born,
before You gave birth to the earth and the world,
from eternity to eternity, You are God.
3 You return mankind to the dust,
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”
4 For in Your sight a thousand years
are like yesterday that passes by,
like a few hours of the night.
God is our eternal home. Can you come home and feel at peace? Is it your refuge?
Our lives last seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due You.
12 Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
Why should we remember how short our lives are? So we realize how valuable time is. There are no rollover minutes in life.
34 Then the crowd replied to Him, “We have heard from the scripture that the Messiah will remain forever. So how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
35 Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them. (John 12)
Put your trust in the Lord while you still can. Sometimes we say, “oh, I’m just killing time.” Let’s think instead of how we might be better stewards of time. How can we invest our time wisely? The first thing to do is to spend time communing with the Lord.
The Mystery of Time (Ecclesiastes)
There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;[a]
3 a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
6 a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
8 a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
There is a time… a reason… a purpose… for everything that happens in our lives. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes as he was struggling to understand the difficult things which happen to us on this earth.
Birth and death, sowing and reaping… These things happen physically, but they also happen in relationships and ideas, and in the things we say and do.
As time passes, we gain perspective. As parents, we might remember times they told young children not to do certain things that would ruin things in their house, especially the expensive things! But as the children grow older, time causes us to realize that material things pale in importance to how we treat our children.
The Lord created us body, soul, and spirit. There is no time in our lives that He does not want to be in. This year, invite the Lord into all the times of your life. Try spending time with Him first thing in the morning, before time is taken away from you by the demands of the day. Reflect on your past – see the ways that people and events have been planted or invested in your lift to bring you where you are today.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3)
15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5)