4 – Time stewardship v. time management
life can seem completely and utterly chaotic. We have ventured into
my problem with time before in this Bible study.The more I attempt to
be on time or really to control time, to manage time, the more I am
likely to show up late, spiral into the abyss of anxiety, and trample
over someone I didn't intend to hurt. I'm not suggesting that
organization is a negative thing. I am suggesting that the more we
try to control, the more God will begin to show us that we are very
much not in control.
and I came up with a new concept for our lives that we titled “time
stewardship.” Maybe because living in the realm of time management
never quite fit for us. It sounds so small, but for us, recognizing
that time belonged to the Lord and not to us, helped us to put our
priorities in the right place, and also to slow down and enjoy the
journey. It lifted the burden of guilt when we chose to sit instead
of work, when we said no to something that took time away from the
family, or when we had a busy season when things started spinning
rapidly and we had to pick priorities tighter than normal.
is a funny thing. I think it challenges us to remember our place
within God's universe. It forces us to see who God is and how little
we really are, so what happens? Most people choose to ignore it as a
concept. We fill our lives with busyness, with appointments, with
fun, with entertainment, with rest, with work, with
friendships...whatever will keep us from thinking about the clock
that has been set in each one of us. “Time waits for no man” as
the saying goes. The clock keeps ticking, with or without us.
above all else, means change. Seconds turn into minutes, minutes turn
into hours, hours into days, and years, and lifetimes. It will not be
held in our tight fist. Change reminds us that we are not in control.
In Ecclesiastes 3:14-15, we are reminded that only God lasts for
perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be
added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that
people fear before him. 15 That
which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has
been; and God seeks what has been driven away.”
God does, whatever He touches endures forever. Whatever we do without
Him passes away. We have nothing new to add. Nothing that we spend
time on will create this eternal significance that we are seeking.
good news about our smallness - it means that God can hold us.
the verse tells us “God has done it”, one thing we can be assured
in is that He created time for us, not for Him. This gift is that
exact reminder that left us shaking in our boots before. When things
change, and time marches on, we stand in the arms of a God who is
big. To fear God is to recognize that He is capable. To know Him is
to know that He is trustworthy. He is unshakable. He does not change,
when the whole world seems to be changing.
seeks that which is driven away” or more literally, “God seeks
that which is pursued.” This passage was so confusing for me, so
difficult to understand, that I made a chart for myself on a post it
note and poked my husband until he hashed it out with me for a good
couple of hours.
is a pursuer. He loves us so much that He pursues us on a timeline
which is our life. He doesn't need time. It's outside of Him. It is
for us. He does not change although the world is ever changing around
writing this during Lent and I keep coming back to the faces of the
disciples who were left in confusion after Jesus died and rose. They
went back to time, as they understood it. They went back to their
boats to fish, their meeting place in the upper room. They didn't
understand it. But God sought them. He walked out of the tomb
and appeared to them in the upper room. He found them on the shore as
they cast out their nets. God sought them. He seeks us. This
doesn't change with the time or the season or the ticking of the
clock as the hands move on by.
end this abstract day by looking up Psalm 136. It's a good reminder
that God's love is the same yesterday today and forever. With Him we
are eternal. He's got the whole world in His hands. He knows the day
and the hour. And He seeks us in every moment.
steadfast love endures forever.
How does eternity change life now for both the believer and the unbeliever?
What changes in life have you resisted from God before?
Recite Psalm 136 responsively with your husband or family, or quietly between yourself and God.
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