“…redeeming the time…” ~Ephesians 5:16 (NKJV)
Of all the many things we might ask for, time is the one thing we need more of. The adage that, “time and tide wait for no man” seems to ring true when we are racing the clock to meet a deadline, or we would have more time to enjoy the things of life.
I have discovered that time is not one of those things that is renewable: when it’s gone, it’s gone . . . lost to all eternity. I also note that some are good managers of time and others not so much. We too often waste the time we have, only to regret it later at some point. Could we ever be taught to “redeem the time” effectively? I don’t think so. There are so many demands on what time we do have that it becomes only a matter of prioritizing.
There are a couple of occasions that time seems to slow to a snail’s pace: when we are waiting on God to answer prayer or in our desire to grow spiritually. We are so used to an “instant” society, where things happen at warp speed that we find it difficult waiting for the proper time for His response to our situations. Waiting is not something we do so very well.
We tend to forget that God works from an eternal perspective. So we sometimes think we are losing ground if He doesn’t move us along in our spiritual walk or answering our prayers in a timely fashion. God doesn’t seem to get in a hurry. Why should He be? He is not constrained by time. God is the Master at ‘perfect timing.’ One of my favorite expressions is, “timing is everything.” I think it’s so with our Heavenly Father, as well.
George Goodman wrote: “Fruit ripens slowly; days of sunshine and days of storm each add their share. Blessing will succeed blessing and storm follow storm before the fruit is full grown or comes to maturity.”
When we get exasperated because spiritual things are not happening at the pace we think they ought, it’s time to stop and reflect on whom we look to for our deliverance. God says in many places in Scripture that, “He will never leave us nor forsake us”; I think it’s safe to say, nor will He fail us. He knows what we need when we need it.
Take time today to reflect on the majesty of our God. It will calm your fears and reassure you.
Pastor John Roberts
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.