The gift of time
The world in which we live can seem so very busy and time has become a precious commodity. It often appears that there is not enough time for the things we enjoy, or those things which really matter, but the Bible reminds us that there is a time for everything.
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; – Ecclesiastes 3.1,2
This scripture is often used at funerals, because there is such a sharp focus on time coming to an end. However, this scripture holds hope and wisdom which goes into all life at all times.
There is a season for all activities under the sun. We are not always prepared for what comes our way, but this scripture certainly helps us understand that we should never be surprised and that all of those things, both good and bad, are limited to a season
Every purpose under the sun has a denoted time to happen. It is good to know that not all of the important things we pack into our lives, has to be fitted into a few months or years, but throughout our whole lifetime. Don’t be anxious about something that hasn’t happened to you yet. If it is within God’s plan for your life, it will happen at just the right time.
Just as our time to be born was ordained by God, the end of our time here is also known by Him. Neither one is decided by us, but we are responsible for what we do with the time we are given between these two events.
God is interested in our time and has been from the beginning. Creation was an orderly process with each day having new things brought into being at God’s appointed time. God began with a framework for our time when He separated light and darkness to create Day and night. Then each thing was made at the right time. God didn’t make the animals before creating the environment in which they could prosper.
God’s timing is always perfect, He is never late, but always right on time. When Jesus came from heaven to earth to save mankind, it was also at just the right time.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8.
We all have been given this wonderful gift of time today. We can enjoy it and use it wisely to glorify God and to receive the other great gifts which God gives us to make a difference to those around us. We should have no desire to waste time or kill time like some, but to receive it as a gift of God to be used for His glory.