Nothing But Time

Nothing But Time

2 Peter 3:7-10 (ESV) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Time is our friend. We do not think it is because there never seems to be enough of it. However, need I remind you that God has given us power, authority and dominion over everything on the earth including time? Before you balk, shake your head and begin to tell me that you are busy, hear me out on this one. People are striving to make things happen in their life. Cramming work, family, friends, fun and a little bit of church into the melting pot called life and quickly deciding that there is not enough time. Well…I disagree. There is time allotted to each person in each day – 24 hours to be exact. An individual has the right to choose how they will spend every precious second of the given day. God has given a place in time to every seasonal overture of life as clearly detailed in Ecclesiastes 3. One day to the Lord is like a thousand years. That is a very long time. The perception of time is important in comparison to our faith. God sees your day like centuries and an overflowing abundance of time. Yet, minute by minute it is pilfered away with the complaint that there is never enough of it and the little given wasted on worthless things.

Oh don’t get offended. We all waste time. Even the most efficient hardest worker will give precious time to fear, doubt, worry, anxiety and other worthless endeavors. Our time is sucked up by work, play, hobbies, social media and even the beloved Netflix. The vortex of motion created by the hands of the clock mixed with the various things vying for our attention change our perspective from being the master of time to becoming its victim. The Lord has given us the promise that He makes all things beautiful in its time. He goes on to say that He has planted eternity in our heart. Faith grows our longing and desire for the everlasting through the seasons called life. I wonder if we miss the potential of faith in opposition with time rather than working within it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

While waiting for an associate at the bank, an elderly gentleman hobbled in and sat down to wait as well. He was well advanced in age and a woman who was next in line offered him her place. He quickly objected and said, “Thank you young lady, but I’ll wait. I have nothing but time.” How ironic that a man who has little time left on the earth would say such a thing. How profound? We must learn to wait. Patience is part of the process in obtaining each promise. God is not withholding good things from you but rather preparing you to receive them and sowing new seeds of faith for the next season of life. We must learn to trust the Word of God and that He is a Promise Keeper. The Word of the Lord will never return without fully accomplishing what He sent it out to do…even for you.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-7 (ESV) Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way. For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

The wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.

Words of wisdom for me today. We must learn to be wise with our time. We must befriend each moment and seek the good in it. God has given every precious moment of our life a deposit and promise to be found if only we would become masters of the clock. The world will never make time for God unless there is a tragedy of epic proportions. However, those of us who have claimed our birthright as Children of God must understand that is not the case for us. It is our privilege to live from glory to glory and victory to victory through Christ. Christ must become the timekeeper of our life who carefully orchestrates our priorities and schedules. It is not enough to make Him our top priority but work Him through every minute that ticks by to reveal the true potential in our life. There is a time and a way for everything. The Lord has promised to work every detail of our life for good! Good things will come to those who wait. They may be right in front of us but we are too busy to see them. Therefore…

Psalm 34:1 (ESV) I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 62:8 (ESV) Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…

Are you beginning to get the picture? We must begin to invest our time wisely. Rather than allowing time to dictate its promise, it is our privilege to be masters of our time, talent and treasure. To do so wisely is a gift from the Lord through His Word. I will bless the Lord at all times keeps my emotions under subjection to the Spirit. Trusting Him at all times allows me to persevere when things are not going as I planned and endure through unmet expectation. Praying at all times in the Spirit allows the Lord to control my outcomes rather than a diversified heart and mind leading us off by public opinion. The Lord has promised to make all things beautiful in its time. We must command our clocks and maximize our moments by faith in order to be ready when the time does come!

Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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