I don’t know what season of life you are in but I am sure of one thing: time flies fast for all of us. I’m pretty sure you are already reminiscing the past year as it is now coming to a close. It was like yesterday when you just listed your new year’s resolution for 2019 and now you’re thinking of your new goals for 2020. Time has a way of slipping from our hands and the thing is, consumed time can never be returned. No replay, you can’t go two steps back to make some changes.
My daughter is celebrating her 3rd birthday this month and we are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. I could still remember our exciting wedding preparations and meeting our first born the day before our 1st wedding anniversary. It was just like yesterday. Now on to new chapters, new challenges, new learnings. But what struck me most is how easy it is for me to let precious time slip from my hands by not making the best out of it.
I looked for verses or passages that talk about time, one of which is this passage in Ephesians:
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
I’ve always thought it would be great to control time, stop it whenever we want to cherish moments with dear loved ones who are now gone or to slow it down to soak up all the fun we can get with our little ones or go back in time to undo the mistakes that we made. If only we can do that, but reality knocks and we are currently running after time.
The Bible is clear that there is an appointed time for each one of us to meet death and if we are not to meet death, the Bible also tells us that He is coming again soon like a thief in the night, in a twinkling of an eye, our life here on earth ends, just like that. The reality of death brings up our true priorities in life, when we think that our life will end soon, it gives us a perspective to think of the things that really matter and not waste time on mundane things. If then, we can’t stop time from moving, how can we make the best out of the time we have left?
Circumspectly means carefully or with caution. Have you ever watched a person cross a hanging rope in a circus? He does it one step at a time, careful to lift his foot to make the next step until he reaches the end of the rope. Imagine if he did it fast, without focus and with no caution at all, you probably know what’s going to happen next. The Bible says, we are to walk carefully in life. Some people think the best way to accomplish something is to do it fast, unfortunately, the faster we do things the more mistakes we can make, right? Slow but sure says the turtle to the hare. It is not in how many ticks we can get in our list of tasks for the day, or in how many goals we have accomplished, but it is in how many good decisions we made in a day, how many excellent choices we made that would bring God glory.
Walk with caution. Walk does not only refer to our actions but it refers to our lifestyle. Our thoughts, actions and words should be carefully examined before it is given out for we can never get it back. Fools blurt out what is on his head without even thinking as said in Proverbs 29:11. This requires practice to develop that habit but we ought to start practicing that now.
Redeeming the time because the days are evil
The Bible reminds us that we are to be wise in handling our time, redeeming it or making the best out of it because the days are evil. I don’t need to explain how the days now can be evil, you just have to read or watch the news and you’ll see evil everywhere. Satan is out to deceive more and more people. What is evil, they now call good and what is good is now evil (or “offensive”). Christians should be watchful of little sins that can cause us to slowly go astray. Satan works that way, a little lie, a little fight, a little anger, a little jealousy, a little word spoken untimely, a little thought of lust, a little sin here and there. Before we know it, we have already turned our backs on God.
Also, the reality of the evil days should lead Christians to live with urgency to share the Gospel. Time may be running out for all of us but especially for those who are going to spend eternity in hell, apart from God.
Understanding God’s will
We all want to know what God’s will is or what He wants, and He didn’t leave us guessing for He has given us His Word, the Bible, and in it we can read about Him and His will for everyone. God also has a specific will for each of us, some people He called into full time ministry, some people He called to remain single for Him, some He called to testify of His love in dangerous places, some He called to mother children. The thing is, if you are doing what God wants you to do right this moment, you are investing on something that is of great value for eternity. You are making the best out of the time you have been given.
Nothing can ever replace the joy and peace of a life lived within the will of God. Yes, there are still challenges to face, struggles, temptations, and even grief but to remain obedient to the Lord gives us security that all things work together for our ultimate good. May we be found faithful, redeeming the time we have left, for His glory.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12