Updated: Jun 17, 2019
Author: Katie Wickham
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise
Ever watched the seconds tick by on a clock? If you’re in a quiet room you can even hear the soft clicking sound as the hand makes its way around the face. Looking at time in this physical way, makes each moment seem like it’s moving at a slow pace. Now, go on a much anticipated vacation, and you might look down at your watch and be unpleasantly surprised that it’s now 5’Oclock, where you could have sworn only a moment before, you had just started your day.
Time. It’s a precious resource that many of us take for granted, and once spent we can never take it back.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV) says “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”
Moses, a man of God and one of the greatest prophets, probably felt the passage of time more keenly than most. His people, having rejected the God who had just a short time before, delivered them out of bondage in Egypt had been sent to wander the desert for 40 years. I imagine that there were moments that felt like an eternity. This punishment, however, granted Moses the clarity to see time as a precious commodity. As one commentary written by Matthew Henry said of Psalm 90 “...it is very applicable to the frailty of human life in general and in singing it, we may easily apply it to the years of our passage through the wilderness of this world” (https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/90.html).
Today it seems like there are fewer hours in a day. Our lives are faster paced, always on the go. We live in a world of self-service checkout lines, drive thru windows, increased speed limits and instant information at our fingertips. Most of us in the 21st century are never without a phone in hand.
While the instant conveniences in our lives can make them easier, they can also have the damaging potential to draw us further away from our Creator.
Social media, while allowing us to meet people we would otherwise not have the opportunity to, or to exchange information, has led many to the belief that a relationship can be built on the second it takes to “like” a comment.
Smart phones also have made our lives a little easier. In just seconds, we can find the best places to get coffee and access a map to lead us there. Online games and apps help us get through the boring wait at a doctor’s office.
These devices, however, have the added potential to suck up our time, energy and attention. Deep, meditative, significant time spent with God in His Word and in prayer has for many within the church at large been replaced with a notification on our phone, or liking of a meme posted on a friend’s page.
While anytime spent with God is worthwhile and finding those few precious moments in the midst of our busyness allows the Lord to be at the center of our day (Eph 5:16). He deserves more than just the dregs of our time. The last five minutes before our head hits the pillow. He deserves our whole heart, after all He loved us so much that He sent his Son as a sacrifice so that we could be in a relationship with Him again (John 3:16).
If we offer up the first fruits of our labor, shouldn’t we also offer up our time in the same fashion? Are we willing to sacrifice that extra hour of sleep or a few less episodes in our evening streaming binge to create a strong foundation built upon God’s Word? Time is short, and we have a greater purpose.
Today, find some time to meditate on the Word of God.
Proverbs 3:1-4 & 35 (ESV) “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”