Time

October 25, 2004
by Gloria Sanders

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. (NASB)

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher wrote about time — how there is a time for everything. I thought about how we often measure our lives by time. We beat time; we are pressed for time; we make up for lost time; we tell time; we show someone a good time; we take our time; we are on borrowed time; we pass the time; we are sometimes caught up in this point in time; we bide our time. We often get so caught up in doing, that we find ourselves not having time for God.

I often look at people who spend most of their time working and not spending time with loved ones. The years speed quickly by, and they miss time with their families. Children grow up without the quality time, having had a parent (or parents) in name only. Here Solomon in his mature years gave good, sound, wise counsel. It is all futile unless we honour God in all we do. God is the answer to all of it.

There is indeed a time for everything: a time to live and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which has been planted.

We live in a society where time is important. We need to be on time for appointments. There are those who charge for the time they could have spent with us, if we don't cancel an appointment more than 24 hours beforehand. Wow! Charging for time! I am so glad that God doesn't charge us for the time that we wasted by not spending time with Him. Spending time with God is not wasteful because we gain. What we gain is a closer relationship with our heavenly Father. The ultimate, most useful time is time with God: an opportunity to be in His presence.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your patience with us. Teach us, Lord, to realize that time with You is time well spent. Slow us down so that we see all Your benefits and enjoy them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Gloria Sanders <gloria.sanders@hotmail.com>
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

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