Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
God has given us many precious gifts from the storehouse of His grace for which we can be immensely grateful.
He showers down forgiveness. He has saved us from the power of sin in our life. He gives us the right to call Him ‘Father’. He has promised to be with us always. He supplies our needs. He gives us friends and family, those who will help us in times of need.
So many gifts so constantly given that we can forget to rightly appreciate all these things and take them for granted.
This is especially true for His gift of ‘time’. Every day, God gifts us 86,400 seconds. He entrusts with this precious gift. He encourages us to make ‘the best use of time’ (Ephesians 5:16) because we will never get a second chance to live these seconds over again. What we do with each second can never be changed, never be undone, never be obliterated. It is woven into the fabric of time.
The Psalmist cries to God,
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
To ‘number our days’ means recognising the truth of our limited timespan and living in such a way that these days are not wasted.
That may mean planning to spend only a small amount of time each day on social media; it may mean regularly building in a visit with someone who lives alone and needs support; it can mean spending more time in prayer than on an iPad.
The Apostle Paul urged the early Christians to,
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (Colossians 4:5)
Are you making the most of your 86,400 seconds each day, or do you need to do some planning?
“If you knew the sterling worth of time, you would shrink from the smallest waste of so precious a thing.” C.H. Spurgeon
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen
Recently I was speaking to a group of men, some of whom are new believers, some who have been believers for a couple of years and others who have been Christians for decades. I wanted to transmit something of the greatness, the might, the majesty, the wonder of Almighty God. How do you provide a glimpse of a God who is far higher, deeper, and wider than they had ever previously imagined? How do you enable them to see just how much we limit this God?
I decided to share with them some facts about the Universe.
The size of the universe is astronomical (pun intended)!! Yet, God, it’s creator is so much bigger then even this. In various places in the Bible, God’s magnificent creation is referred to.
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. (Job 6:7)
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? (Isaiah 40:12 )
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Sometimes we forget that the God who brought “forth the constellations in their seasons” is the same God who says to us:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour “
In His loving kindness, he gently reminds us,
“I am with you always even to the end of the age”
And when we feel lonely or sad He says,
“I have called you friends”
When we are having a ‘bad day’ or a ‘down day’, let’s not forget to turn quickly to the our Creator God who waits to reveal Himself to us “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”.
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