Time Well Spent

by Lester Young

I don’t know if you’ve realized it or not, but it’s dawned on me that Time is going to continue to tick by. It’s been that way since it started – when God commanded in Genesis 1:3, “Light BE!” – and it’s going to keep on until it’s all run out (Genesis 8:22; Revelation 21:1, 23-25). Regardless of what we humans happen to be doing (or not doing), time is just going to keep on doing what it does, period.

Well, then, if that’s the case – if Time’s not going to pay any attention to us – I don’t think there’s much point in us basing our attitudes, opinions and reactions on it. Now please understand: I’m not saying we should just disregard “what time it is,” because the Bible clearly tells us that time is short before Jesus Christ’s return and that we should therefore “redeem the time” – i.e., use it wisely – to get done what He needs for us to do (Revelation 22:7, 20; Ephesians 5:15-17). But what I am saying is that the future is going to come, whether we worry incessantly or don’t about what it may bring. So, as the Lord Jesus said: “Don’t… ’cause there just ain’t no point to it!” (Matthew 6:27; yes, yes… it’s highly paraphrased!)

There’s absolutely no reason to get into a bunch of ‘worry’ – over anything! – because it’s simply not going to accomplish any good whatsoever. And not only will it not put a dent in your problem, what’s worse is that it might very well put a dent in your physical health instead. At the very best it’s a total and complete waste of ‘time’; at worst, that seemingly harmless activity could end up being a whole lot more detrimental than you ever considered.

Besides, consider this: It’s just as easy to pace the floor in faith, throwing your hands in the air and giving God thanks and praise for victory as it is to pace the floor fretting and fearing, throwing your hands in the air and worrying “how we’re ever going to make it this time” (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 6:25-34; 1 Peter 5:7). If you think it’s not, it’s probably because you simply have a lot more practice in one than the other.

Bottom line? You can spend your time doubting and questioning, or you can spend your time believing. But remember that only one of those two will produce any results you’d actually care to have (James 3:6; John 6:63). Simple? Sure! Easier said than done? Quite. But then, isn’t everything? One is time utterly wasted; the other, time very well spent. At the end of the day, the choice is always going to be yours (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

 

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