The man of faith, King David of Israel, went through many trials with ups and downs throughout the years. But he said, “My times are in Your hand;” Ps 31:15. Those words bring to us a new perspective.
Last night my sons and I were talking about the topic of time for God. We can talk about time for prayer, time for reading the Bible, time for serving, time for worshiping, time for family, and time for ourselves. But do we give thought to what it means? Instead of our time being ours and seeing it as something not given to us by God, we should see our time differently. Are we selfish with our time? Do we have very little time for worship? Do we give very little time for serving a brother in need? Do we give little time to fellowshiping with Christians? We can talk about a life of service, but until we start giving the minutes and hours, it’s just talk we are doing.
Faith time for the work of God. In Haggai, the people weren’t building God’s house. God said, “4 Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!” Haggai 1:4,5. The people had their excuses why it was not time to build God’s house, but they sure had time for paneling their own. We need to think about the things of God going undone simply because we haven’t given it the time.
Faith time at work. We may be giving God the last of our time and not the first. When you think of the money you give to God, is it the first hours you worked on the time clock or does it amount to the last bit of time you worked? Try doing this from now on. Devote to God the first X number of hours of your work weed to go into your contribution. Say to God, those first 4 hours of the work week were to support the work of the church. Try that.
Faith time in prayer. The Bible says that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us who draw near to God. Taking time to pray is taking time for faith that God is going to work something wonderful in our life today, Heb 7:25. When we wake up and go through our day with no pausing to talk straight to God, well where’s the faith?
When we do our house fixing up and cooking out and visiting with friends, is there legitimate time in all of that that is God’s? Paul talks to the Ephesians about “redeeming the time” because the days are evil, Eph. 5:16. The 24 hours in a day can be left to the cause of evil. The 24 hours in our day can be wasted away on things not necessarily evil, but on things that also don’t do a thing for the Gospel of Jesus.
Our time can be wasted away as if chaff or our days can be planned and redeemed to be valuable to God.
We instinctively understand the point here. Some will ask what would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live. The person of faith instantly thinks about God and about doing God’s work. So do we know how much time we have left? Doesn’t it seem to be a matter of faith that we begin giving our time in faith to God?
I offer this humbly. Dan Mayfield
IF YOU DIDN’T PRAY, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GIVE GOD FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR FAITH TIME