A while back I wrote to you about how many of us seem to waste our resources. Possibly the greatest resource that God gives to us is time. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-16,
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
It’s obvious from this verse that Paul was very aware that his time was short. He seemed determined to make the most of the time that he had left. The truth is, none of us have time to waste. It is for this reason that we should carefully weigh the value of each choice we make to determine its merit.
One of the greatest challenges for me is properly determining which things are worthy of my time. Often just sitting and doing absolutely nothing can be the best possible use of time. Psalms 46:10 says,
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
So when do we be still? For five minutes each day? For five hours each day? Can you see how difficult it is to sort all this out? As for me, I believe very strongly in being sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to do certain things at certain times. We should make a conscious effort to recognize His gentle nudge and then act accordingly. Even so, I can assure you that I miss many of these “promptings” by simply being too busy.
You might ask how can we improve our time management in a way that will be pleasing to God. We could begin with this very moment in time right now. Could this message be prompting you and me to “be still”? Maybe the Lord just wants five minutes of our time to come and sit at His feet. That’s not so much to ask is it? Will sacrificing five minutes completely wreck our whole day? That five minutes could become the highlight of our entire day … or week, for that matter!
It could be that you and I missed the opportunity to be still and visit with the Lord during a period of bad weather. By the way, who controls the weather anyway? Do we now owe Him an apology since He created that down time, but instead we busied ourselves with frivolous activities? Just something to think about.
“Be still, and know that (He is) God.”