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in his time

By Joelle Brinkley
September 2, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Psalm 46:1-11
Proverbs 22:15

If we all had a dollar for every time that we heard someone say the phrase everything in its time, we would all be millionaires by now. It seems that what we tend to struggle with most is what to do with our time. More importantly, who or what determines what we do with our time?

Let’s face it. There just never seems to be enough seconds, minutes, or hours in a day. There’s not enough time to safely get outside because of a pandemic. There’s not enough time to see loved ones. There’s not enough time to read the Bible daily. There’s not enough time to pray. There’s not even enough time some days it seems to even get a good night’s sleep! 

Is the question then behind all these statements more about where we fix our eyes? Are our eyes on a clock where we always seem to feel that we fall short in every area of our lives? Or are our eyes on the One who stands outside of time and could help us to better cultivate a life through moments that will eternally matter?

I’ll admit that it is extremely hard placing my time into God’s hands. Of course, I think that I can manage everything better myself (spoiler alert: I cannot). What then can we do? 

We can choose to live with our hands palms facing up showing God our seemingly never ending to-do lists but then declare with an equally open heart that we are prepared for Him to take each day and make it what He wants it to be. He can make far better use of our time than we ever can trying to overbook our calendars with things of no eternal value.

To memorize:

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

— Ecclesiastes 3:14

Prayer to start with: Lord, please remind me that time is precious. May I not take for granted that you have made a time for everything and everything in its time because you always know what is best for your children. We place our seconds, minutes, hours, and days in your Hands trusting that you will use me in each moment as I focus on what eternally matters. In Jesus name, Amen.