Time flies when we’re on our dream vacation and barely ticks by when sitting in that dreaded dentist’s chair. We never seem to have enough of it and always seem to be running out of it! Twenty-four hours a day – that’s what we’ve got. No matter what our economic status, race, gender, or address, we all have the same amount of time in a day.
Romans 13:11 says, “But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing!” Paul also warns in 1 Corinthians 7:29, “I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple…” (The Message).
Let us be wise stewards of the time we’ve been given, carefully evaluating our use of it, and making the most of every hour, adjusting our priorities and schedules as needed. We have been blessed with a good sixteen hours of awake time. May we do the best with what we’ve got!
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Freedoms vary around the world. Consider what freedoms you have. Are you free to decide what to eat and wear, what work to do, where to go, how and with whom to spend your time? How about the bigger freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to carry arms? With freedom comes responsibility.
In the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve great freedom. Genesis 2:16-17 says God told Adam he was “…free to eat from any tree in the garden…” except one. And God explained that if they chose to disobey, the consequence would be death, separation from God. Well, we know how that turned out! And don’t blame Adam and Eve. We all continue to step beyond God’s limits.
Thank God He sent Jesus to free us from the power of death. Jesus, though innocent, received the punishment for the sin of everyone and broke the chains of sin that threaten to control us. Freedom back to an intimate relationship with the Father begins by believing Jesus is His one Son. Jesus is the key Who sets us free. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” ~ (John 8:36 NIV) May you experience true freedom in Him today.
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As my spouse sleeps soundly, I tiptoe through the bedroom cautiously opening and closing drawers, brushing my teeth in our walk-in closet (not spitting there), and slipping into the restroom to change clothes hoping the door won’t squeak, only to accidentally tap the switch for the noisy fan instead of the light. Oops! It takes so much effort to be quiet!
Stillness is a rare occurrence these days, so having a quiet time with the Lord requires effort and planning. With the busyness of everyday life, it does not happen without purposeful determination.
Even Jesus had the habit of getting up before sunrise and going to a solitary place to listen to and talk with His Father. David wrote in Psalms 37:7a, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” (NIV) Being still before the Lord allows us to worship and give thanks to the Almighty, to bask in His love and peace, to share our burdens, seek His wisdom, and listen for counsel.
May we set aside a time and place and not miss the most important meeting of our day. He will be there. Will we?
Anyone still have the notorious ‘junk drawer?’ The front of our junk drawer is filled with desk items and a few small tools, while the back threatens to become a burial ground for odd things seldom used and once there rarely found. Many of us with a junk drawer find great satisfaction in the moments the drawer is actually in order.
There exists a battle in our world between chaos and order. Creation reveals evidence of a God of order. Day/night, male/female, and work/rest were just the beginning. God has provided leaders to follow and guidelines to obey. Our hearts yearn for order. We expect Siri to map orderly directions and we shoppers snarl when our grocery store gets rearranged. Language, math, science, and history all have order. Order is needed in meetings, schools, businesses, and government. The Apostle Paul even advised the church, “But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NIV)
I’m not saying we have to go home and reorganize that junk drawer, but chances are, there is some haunting chaos in our life that needs put in order. Go for it!
As I close, I praise the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End!
(Sounds like order to me.)
A recent trip took us far from our desert home to a land of crisp air, dressed in brilliant gold, burnt orange, and deep red autumn leaves. Always awed by water, we reveled at the sight of running rivers and the measureless ocean. Soaring past snow-covered peaks with luscious forests and enlarging lakes reminded us of the perfect design of God’s majestic creation.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” ~ NIV
I encourage you to take time this week delighting in what God has created for us, whether a newborn baby, an expectant mother, changes in weather, a starry night, fluffy clouds in a backdrop of blue, the fragrance of flowers, the feast of flavors in the produce section, the songbird, or the silence of a sunrise. Our Father Creator, not Mother Nature, reveals Himself to us through His creation. Romans 1:19 says God makes Himself plain to us. If we listen, His creations whispers or shouts, “I am here. Let me show you Who I am. I want you to know Me better. I have so much in store for you.”
May we witness His eternal power and divine nature.
Messages and emails, articles and updates, news reports and nonsense, all filling our phones and inboxes and consuming our precious time. Every day we choose which items to read, reply to, and delete. Talk about overwhelming! And don’t forget to check that ‘Junk’ box, because some random digital force in the universe might place non-junk in your ‘Junk’ box, and that’s no ‘junk.’
Let me reassure you of something that is not junk, that you will want to read…a real, live letter. A love letter from your Heavenly Father, the Creator of all. A love letter…to you. The Bible is full of God’s expressions of love. His love for you is so far beyond what you can imagine that the apostle Paul wrote, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:17b-19 (NIV)
Wow! That’s a mouthful, actually a universe-full of love…for you, a love beyond understanding. Stop. Soak it in. Accept that love into your heart. Let it penetrate deeply, healing all your hurts and hang-ups. Breathe it into your being and allow it to rescue you as you read and re-read your love letter…from God.
May you experience His love today.