THE GOD OF TIME

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him.
ECCLESIASTES 8:6
How we use our time is a good indicator of the God we choose to serve. There is a god whose name is “the urgent” that can rule our lives if we are not diligent. The wrong use of time can lead to misery. The right use of time can result in fulfillment.
 
Francois de Fénelon, a seventeenth-century Christian leader, once wrote, “Take time to turn to God. Do not pray only when you have set aside time to do. The busier you are, the more you must practice turning to God. If you wait until the time is convenient, there is little doubt that you will end up spending little time with God. Try to come before God both in the morning and the evening. Pray during and between all your other jobs as much as you can. You cannot retire too much from the mindless chatter of the world. Learn to steal this time in little snatches, and you will find these moments the most precious part of your day.”66
 
The amount of time we spend with any person or any activity is a good indicator of the value we place on that person or activity. The way we use our time is the physical evidence of what is at the center of our lives.
We generally make time for what we want to do. Neglecting time with God is not due to a lack of available time but to a lack of will to set priorities for the time we have. Time can be the evidence that convicts our soul that our devotion has waned.
 
What does the evidence of time tell you about yourself? Today, give God the time needed to develop a relationship that is meaningful for both of you.

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