Apportionment of Time

Do you have a plan for your use of time? Without a plan, much time will be wasted. Psalm 90:12 gives us wise counsel. We should ask: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” We need to learn about the limitations of time. Some of us will have a certain amount of years on this earth; some will have only a very small amount of time here. It’s mostly not about how long we have to live. It’s basically about what use we make of whatever amount of time we have. Only by planning and discipline can we do what Scripture exhorts in Ephesians 5:15-16: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” How can we exercise stewardship of time? A certain amount of time goes into work, eating, and sleeping. We need time to relate to family, time to enjoy rest and relaxation. These matters can easily use up all of our time unless we plan. How much time do we give to nurturing our relationship with Jesus, if He is our Savior and Lord? If we only try to work Him in, our time for and with Him will be little or none. Instead of trying to work Him in, if we build our daily and weekly schedules around time with Him, we will do far better at redeeming the time. We must give God first place in our planning! It can be done! In a simple traditional hymn: “To Talk with God,” we have a brief but meaningful challenge: “To talk with God, no breath is lost, talk on, talk on, talk on! To walk with God, no strength is lost, walk on, walk on, walk on! To wait on God, no time is lost, wait on, wait on, wait on!” Selah! Time wasted here can never be reclaimed; time with God will bless us forever!   Ron

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