April 8, 2014

Psalm 31:14-15 But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands.

We live in an extremely time-driven age. We have the expression, “Time is money,” which interestingly enough, the Japanese quote in English! (There is a Japanese version, which they also quote.) We are forever rushing from one thing to another, setting our DVRs to “time shift” our favorite programs, trying to make “quality time” substitute for actually spending time with people. It can really descend into madness, if it doesn’t stay there most of the time! Past ages certainly weren’t as hectic as this, but life has always been measured in time. We speak of life span, and ponder how that limited span is to be divided up. Recently I’ve been confronted with a “pop-under” ad on my computer: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Frankly, I’m disgusted by it, but it shows that even the devil is using the pace of life to draw people away from their chance of eternal life in Christ. How ironic! When we read this Psalm in its entirity, it seems clear that David really is using “time” to mean “life” here, and we would do well to learn from him. None of us knows exactly how long we will have on this earth, barring something like an impending execution. However, God knows, and He knows how we can best use the time He has allotted us. The answer is seldom, if ever, in being busier! Our time on earth, whether short or long, is an opportunity to choose to trust God and learn to fellowship with Him. That’s why David’s confession of trust here is so important. It is only when we trust God enough to be fully obedient to Him that we make full use of the time He gives us.

I’m in the middle of a particularly hectic season, so this Word is very timely! I find myself praying that my soul and spirit would not be busy, however busy my body might be. A few years ago the Lord told me to rest, relax, and rejoice. I need to remember that! My time perception shifts as I get older, as does everyone’s, because each succeeding minute is a smaller fraction of all the minutes I’ve already lived. I need to look at time from the perspective of eternity, understanding how short it is compared to the life that is ahead of me. I have assurance that I indeed will spend eternity with my Lord, so I need to live like it! I am to “make the most of every opportunity,” (Ephesians 5:16) but do so in the context of eternity. Particularly in this physically busy time I need to fix my heart on Christ and trust in Him, because He will replace my weakness with His strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Father, thank You for the abundance of opportunities which You are presenting to me. Help me indeed make the most of them, drawing people to You, without feeling like I’ve got to do it in my own strength. I know from experience that I can’t! Help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice, enjoying the ride as You carry me along by Your Spirit, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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