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Stewardship of Time

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

I recently wrote a devotional titled, Idle Time, 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, not having enough time?   

I have written many times about guarding against being too busy. And this is because, when we find ourselves getting too busy we can also find ourselves becoming distracted from doing the things we have been called to do in our walk with God.  Even the good things we find ourselves 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. Ultimately each of us will make our own decision as to what we invest our time into, so its important to think and pray before we commit to things — seeking God’s will. 

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 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. — he said, "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 conclude that we also have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Moses, King David, Solomon, The Prophets, The Apostles, 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Give God the best of your time by starting each day in His Word and in prayer.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for the time You have given to me.  Help me to use it wisely so You may be glorified in what I accomplish.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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