A Most Precious Commodity: Time

time PNG“Time is the only element in the world that is irretrievable when it is lost.  Lose money and you can make more.  Lose a friend and your can patch up the relationship.  Lose a job and you can find another.   But lost time and it is gone forever.”  (Peter Berbman)

There are many references in the Bible to time.

  • Ec 3:1 ¶ To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
  • Ec 3:2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck [what is] planted;
  • Ec 3:3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
  • Ec 3:4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
  • Ec 3:5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
  • Ec 3:6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
  • Ec 3:7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
  • Ec 3:8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
  • Ec 3:11 ¶ He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
  • Ec 3:17 I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
  • Ec 7:17 Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?
  • Ec 8:5 He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; And a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment,
  • Ps 90:1 ¶ <<A Prayer of Moses the man of God.>> Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.  3 You turn man to destruction, And say, “Return, O children of men.”  4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.  ……   9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; We finish our years like a sigh.  10 The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  11 Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.  12 ¶ So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
  • Isaiah 40:6 The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.  8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

As a fallen creature I struggle with time management.  Not that I do not manage time to accomplish what “I” want to do, but managing it with eternity in view.  The world, my flesh, and the Devil all beckon me to exchange the infinite value of time that God has deposited into my life account for finite “stuff” that in the light of eternity are rubbish. (Phil. 3:8)

My prayer today is that I will live Ephesians 5:15-17, which says,

  • “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

This is the beginning of a new day.

I have been given this day

to use as I WILL.

I can waste it…

or use it for good,

But what I do today is important,

Because I am exchanging

a day of my life for it!

When tomorrow comes,

this day will be gone forever,

Leaving in its place

something that I have traded for it.

I want it to be gain,

and not loss;

Good and not evil;

success and not failure;

In order that I shall not regret

the price I have paid for it.

I will try just for today,

for you never fail until you stop trying.

As if it were your last