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To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

I recently wrote a devotional titled, “Too Much Time on My Hands” in which I talked about the potential problems of having too much idle time in our lives.  But what about when we find ourselves with exactly the opposite problem, never having enough time?  

I have often written about avoiding being too busy.  And this is because when we find ourselves so busy we will often become distracted from doing what we should be doing in our Christian walk.  When we really think about it we all will make the final decision as to what we invest our time into, so we need to think before we commit to things, and we should always be seeking God’s will as well.  There are times when even the good things we get so caught up in doing can be the very things taking us down because we have lost balance, and have not allowed enough time for what God has showed us we should be doing. 

I believe when we find a proper balance by first giving God the best of what we have to offer, such as spending time each morning prayerfully reading His Word, and talking (praying) with Him, we will be blessed with extra time to spend with our family and others who will come into our lives.

I once read a quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. where he wrote, "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

As I thought about this great truth I couldn’t help but deduct that we also have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Moses, King David, Solomon, the prophets, the apostle’s, and many other great men of faith such as Billy Graham.  For some, this doesn’t make sense, but we must never underestimate God’s blessings or ability to do wondrous works through ordinary people.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to give God your firstfruits—the best of what you have to offer.  When you do this He will give you so much more in return and you will be blessed, and He will receive the glory (cf. 1 Cor. 1:29). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ecclesiastes 3:1 what can we learn about the time we have been given, and what we can accomplish in this time?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to do mighty works through you so He may be glorified?

APPLICATION: Let’s give God the best of our time by starting each day in His Word and in prayer. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for the time You have given to us.  Help us to use it wisely so You may be glorified in what we accomplish.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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