Have you ever pondered the meaning of “time” and the importance of it? We all know that time is precious, but do we live life valuing time? In this devotional, you will gain an understanding of how precious time is for the believer and try to use your time wisely.
The Beginning of Time
Have you ever wondered when time began? What is this concept of time? Who created time?
I never paid much attention to this topic until I was preparing a sermon series for church and God spoke to my heart about time. The answer is God created time, and it did not happen by some random big bang! The Bible opens up with the whole concept of time, in the book of Genesis it speaks of God coming onto the scene of total darkness, emptiness, and nothingness. It tells us of the Holy Spirit brooding over this murky scene, and then God spoke his first recorded words, “Let there be light; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:5 NIV).
After God spoke light into existence, he saw it was good, and God distinguished between light and darkness and this marked the beginning of time.
From this understanding of the beginning of time, it will stand to reason, there must also be an end to time. I present to you today that time is a gift from God and we must learn to value the time we have been given.
What are you spending your time on today and is it adding or taking away from your life?
Prayer: Help me Lord to understand the gift of time.
DAILY SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
In the beginning, God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning, one day. - Genesis 1:1-5 Amplified Bible (AMPC)
Yesterday we looked at the beginning of time, and we reasoned that if there is a beginning to time, there must be an end. The Apostle Peter presents to us that time will end when the day of the Lord appears. When Jesus returns to rule and reign forever time as we know it will end. He explains that everything we see around us and the world as we know it will dissolve and be destroyed by fire. He encourages us not to be so focused on the material things of this world because as time draws to a close, all will be destroyed.
In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John talks about the new heaven and the new earth where there will be no night, and the Lord will be all the light we need.
Wayne Jackson, in his article from Christiancourier.com, defines time this way, “Perhaps another way to explain it is to suggest that “time” is a historical parenthesis within eternity.” The fact is time appears minuscule compared to eternity, and this comparison gives more weight to the teaching of Jesus when he said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul” (Matthew 16:26 NIV). Every day people are working long hours to build a life of material possessions while forgetting the time we have on earth is as it suggests only for a short period.
Psalm 90 is a recorded prayer of Moses where he identifies the approximate span of years given to man to be between 70 or 80 years. When we take the whole picture of eternity and you in context it could be summarized like this:
Eternity = Forever
Time = historical parenthesis within eternity (civilization approx. 6000 - 10,000 years)
You = 70 - 80 years within time (a drop in the bucket)
Selah - pause and think about it!
With this new understanding you have gained on time, what will you do differently today with your time?
Prayer: Help Me Lord to value my time
DAILY SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. - 2 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. - Revelation 22:5 (NIV)
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? - Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. - Psalm 90:10 (NIV)
Valuing Time Births Wisdom
When you take a view of your life compared to eternity, it causes you to become sober-minded. Thomas Edison said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” Many people think that more money will make them more valuable and wise, but the truth is when you learn to value the capital (time) you have been given then you are on the path to becoming wise. When we learn to value time, we are learning to value our lives and those around us.
Imagine daily people are scurrying around using their time to accumulate wealth and riches while their families are neglected, their children go off on the wrong path and their health suffers. Jim Rohn said, “Time is of more value than money, you can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Once time is gone, we can’t get it back so today I want to encourage you to become wise by not compromising your relationships and health in the chase of unnecessary material possessions. Be a present mom or dad using your time to create memories with your family that would outlive you! Invest the capital of time into strong, godly foundations for your family by making time to go to church together, maybe watch a family movie, or even have meals around the table. Invest time in listening to the ones you love because one day you will want them to listen to you.
The Lord Jesus said, “ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV). Our hearts follow our treasure; I pray today you would treasure the capital of time and invest it wisely because once it is gone, you cannot get it back.
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart of wisdom so I can govern my time.
DAILY SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. - Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end. and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. - Psalm 39:4 (NIV)
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:20-22 (NIV)
Valuing Time Leads to The Redemption of Lost Time
While preparing my sermon on time in 2015, I came across this headline in The Buffington Post, “You Can Determine What You Value by Where You Spend Your Time” written by Scott Anderson. The statement caught my attention, and I spent time just pondering on it. I realized that time is a currency which we invest and whatever we invest our time in will also bring a return be it good or bad rewards. When we gain wisdom that time is so short compared to eternity the words of God, the instructions of God has a new value. Recognize that time invested in God’s plans and purposes for us will only bring the best rewards. When we value the time, we can actually redeem lost and wasted years.
The Apostle Paul in writing to the Church in Ephesus encouraged the saints to live in obedience to God’s words because the times they were living in was full of deceptions of the soul. It was much like our times, and he was warning them that the choices or decisions they make could either steal their time away from the kingdom or they could redeem the lost time.
Every time we make a choice to follow God’s way we are obeying his will for our lives, and that frees up more time for us to accomplish more for him. We can actually do more for the kingdom when we need not keep cleaning up the messes of our poor choices. I value time more now that I am older because I realized the years left are but a few, but when I was in my twenties I thought I had all the time in the world, and that led to so many destructive decisions in my life. I want to encourage you today to look at the choices and the decisions you are making daily and take stock of how much you value time.
Prayer: Lord, help me today to make better choices and decisions so I can redeem the lost time.
DAILY SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more. But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear him, and His righteousness is to children’s children- To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts]. - Psalm 103:14-18 (AMP)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible-and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. - Ephesians 5:8-16 (NIV)
So, watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! - Ephesians 5:16 (MSG)
There will always be distractions in life because we know from scripture that the agenda of the enemy is to steal, kill and destroy - John 10:10 NIV). Because of his agenda to steal from us, the enemy knows if we can waste time then our purpose will never be realized, and our destiny will be aborted.
Procrastination is a time stealer, and it simply means to put off intentionally doing something that should be done
I have been guilty of this often, and I have missed many wonderful opportunities to excel. In the Bible, (Matthew 25:1 - 13 NIV), a story of procrastination gripped my heart because of the greatest opportunity missed. The parable of the ten virgins tells of the preparation for the bridegroom’s return. Five of the virgins were prepared with their lamps and oil, but five did not have oil. The story points out that the bridegroom was a long time in coming and the virgins became drowsy and fell asleep. Then suddenly at midnight, the alarm was sounded that the bridegroom was on his way. They all awoke, and the five prepared put their lamps together for his return. But the five who had sufficient time but intentionally put off getting the oil was left stranded and never made it to the wedding.
This parable was a real eye-opener for me because I realize every day we are gambling away our future with the notion we still have lots of time while being distracted by unimportant things like social media, television, games, text messages and the list can go on. Today I want to encourage you to look at what you are investing your time in and ask yourself, “What am I putting off intentionally that could hurt my future that I should be doing right now?” Once you have identified it simply decide not to put it off anymore; redeem your time!
Prayer: Lord, help me today to not be like the five virgins that gambled with their future. Help me to break q/f this time stealer of procrastination from my life and thank you for your hearing me!
DAILY SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. - Matthew 25:1 - 5 (NIV)
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “’No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. - Matthew 25:6 - 10 (NIV)
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. - Matthew 25:11 - 13 (NIV)
Excerpt from Issues of the Heart devotional (Lisa Singh). Reprinted by permission.