“My times are in Thy hand.” – Psalm 31:15
When you stop and ponder the gifts God gives to us, you most likely would conclude that His first and greatest gift to us is His Son, Jesus. However, I don’t know how many would think of time as God’s second greatest gift. When you stop and think about it, every second we have life is a gift from God. Every breath we take is a gift from God. Has it ever occurred to you that for you to cease living, God would not have to take your life? All God would have to do is stop giving you life.
Your time is in His hands. You are a steward of the time He has given you. We have 86,000 seconds in the day no more, no less. The difference is stewardship. Just recently I went into to the doctor for a yearly checkup. Well, today is check-up day. How are you redeeming your 86,000 seconds each day to the glory of God? Are you lagging behind God or running ahead of Him? Or can you say you are honestly stride for stride with God in your life?
You can go to seminars and conferences that teach us how to best manage our time in our work profession. But what about how we spend our time in life? Moses prayed, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Knowing that we must give an account to the One who gives us time should motivate us to use it well. C. S. Lewis understood this: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul cautioned the saints, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Living wisely involves using our time carefully. Knowing that the harvest is great and the workers are few, and that time is rapidly dwindling should help us make better use of our time to witness.