Grace and peace be unto you.
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)
Do you have adequate hours in each day to complete God’s approved activities? Are you sometimes frustrated because of the many incomplete tasks you have at the end of each day? There are 24 hours in a given day and we have the responsibility to use them according to God’s design. Interestingly, God has activities for us to do each day, and he patiently waits for us to complete them. Scripture says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
The story is told that on one occasion, Jesus was on his way to raise a ruler’s daughter from the dead and he stopped to have conversation with a woman who had an issue of blood (Luke 8:40-48). Although Jesus was going to do an assignment, he made room for another one. Still yet, he had time to complete the original assignment. Jesus understood his mission and so he accommodated assignments accordingly. When we understand our purpose and trust God to guide us, we can successfully complete all our daily tasks.
In another situation, the apostle Matthew wrote that, “When Jesus saw the crowd that surrounded him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake” (Matthew 8:19). Jesus knew when his body needed rest. He was confident in himself and his purpose to make the time for it. He was not influenced by people’s desires or praises to ignore his need for rest and continue working. Jesus understood that rest revitalizes the body, provides energy, and improves concentration for greater service.
Similarly, God wants us to rest when we need it. There will always be more work to do. However, Scripture says that there is a time for everything under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Regrettably, sometimes we forego rest to impress our boss, earn more money, or ignore personal problems. As a result, our mental and physical health decline and our effectiveness is significantly reduced.
God is displeased when we do not use his time and get adequate rest. Our body is his temple and should be cared for appropriately. The psalmist wrote, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Time cannot be regained when do not use it for God’s design.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of time, please grant us the wisdom to use it according to your purpose. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.