DEFINITION: Time is a limited period during which actions, processes, or conditions exist or take place. It is a measure of the duration of events and the intervals between them. Time encompasses the past, present, and future–and for the believer this includes eternity.
FACTS ABOUT TIME:
Time is a gift from God. You are a steward of this gift from God and accountable for how you use it each day. Time is a precious and limited commodity.
The biblical day was from evening to morning. People began the day in weakness (tired in the evening) confessing their reliance upon God. Conversely, we begin or day in the morning relying on our energetic selves.
Your activities reveal your priorities. You only have so much time. What you do with your time reveals your priorities. You usually make time for what you really want to do.
A balanced day includes communing with the Heavenly Father in prayer, worship, and the Word; working on your job, at school, or in volunteer work; time spent building relationships with friends and family; and finally, some time spent relaxing.
DEALING WITH TIME:
Commit each day to the Lord. Begin with prayer and the Word and by asking God, “What are your priorities for me today? What do you want me to do with my time today?” If you commit your day to the Lord, a plan will emerge and your tasks for the day will be established (Proverbs 16:3).
Make a plan. Under the guidance of the Lord, make a plan for your day and jot down the details. Who do you need to contact? What do you need to do today? What can you delegate to others to do? What tasks can be postponed? What is the main priority for this day? If you “aim at nothing, you hit it every time”. With no plan for a day, you probably won’t accomplish much.
Submit your plans to God’s sovereignty. His will is sovereign over your plans. Your day may not turn out exactly as you planned (James 4:13-15). Be open to redirection.
Deal with interruptions wisely. Make “faith statements” regarding your plans for the day, but be aware that your day can be interrupted by unexpected events or people. Learn to deal with these wisely. Sometimes interruptions are God’s divine appointments where His plan overrules the plans you have made (Proverbs 16:9). Accept these graciously and fulfill the obligations involved. However, do not allow petty interruptions to keep you from accomplishing what is worthwhile–for example people that want to aimlessly chat with you during your work time.
View each day in light of eternity. “So often we think about life in terms of what’s happening today, this week, or next month. We need to try to look at things as God does, with an eye for eternity. Is what you are doing now making a lasting impact? Will it matter in another year, another decade, another century? Begin dedicating yourself to things that will still be important long after you are gone.” (John Maxwell)
Do not procrastinate. Do not put off doing important things that contribute to God’s purpose for your life. “I find myself thinking, ‘When life settles down I will…’ But I should have learned by now that life never settles down for long. Whatever I want to accomplish, I must do with life unsettled.” (Jean Fleming)
Balance your day. Commune with the Heavenly Father in prayer, worship, and the Word. Work on your job–including school or volunteer work. Spend time building relationships with friends and family, and finally, spend some time relaxing.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT TIME:
And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands.” (Psalm 31:14-15a)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8)
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23)
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man’s life is but a breath. (Psalm 39:5-6)
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. (Proverbs 4:12)
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:10-11)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. (Proverbs 20:4)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4)
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 5:15-17)
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
Study the story of the talents in Matthew 25. Time is like one of these talents, a resource with which God has entrusted you. What will you do with it?