Listen to this devotional:
Matthew 16:26 – For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)
Time seems to be the one commodity we do not have enough of — especially when it means putting aside some of it for Almighty God, our heavenly Father. We toil and struggle daily, busy with everything to improve our status, all the time forgetting that the very health of mind and body which we possess, which enables us to work, is itself a blessing from Almighty God, not to mention the time that we spend on everything to gain more wealth, which is also a gift from our heavenly Father.
Indeed, a most common excuse from too many people I come across, including my own family and friends, is that they do not have time for prayer. I despair when I hear this excuse: "I'd like to go to church, but I just don't have the time between work and home."
This is what I tell them: Suppose you gave a million dollars to someone, just like that, for no other reason than that you had more than enough wealth to spare and you honestly loved that person. Then suppose that one day you bumped into this person walking down the street or in a mall, and you said, "How about buying me a coffee?" But this person replied, "I'm sorry, I can't. I just don't have enough money." How would you feel when you know that they do have lots of money still?
That's how God feels when people say that they don't have time for Him. "You see," I explain to them, "God is the Author, the Creator of time. He is the One who gives each one of us all the time that we have upon this earth. He decides how long we live and when we will die. The time given to us belongs entirely to Him and He can take it back whenever He wishes. Yet we have the audacity to say we don't have time for God!"
How dare we? Dr. Charles Stanley, in one of his services, said that if we tell God that we do not have time for Him, He can arrange for us to fall flat on our backs on some hospital bed, and then we will have nothing but a whole lot of time on our hands to cry to Him. I only wish people realized that.
Prayer: Dearest heavenly Father, forgive us this terrible sin of ingratitude when we do not realize that it is You who gives us everything we need, including all the time that we have in our lives. Grant that we may come to our senses and realize that the daily struggle of life becomes so much easier when we make time for You in our daily lives. Amen.