One day, I sat contemplating on if I should go for the mid-week service at my church or not. Just like any other person, I thought about how I didn’t have any time and how busy I will be for the rest of the week. It was like a huge war was going through my mind. The fact that my wisdom tooth was growing made things even worse, as I just couldn’t stand the pain. As I sat down contemplating, thoughts like; I can pray at home, you know you have a very busy week, when you come back you will be tired, to name but a few. Then a soft voice within my Spirit almost like a whisper said, “it is not your time but mine.” Immediately, I jumped off my couch and headed straight to church. I don’t think I had sat down for more than 10 minutes and I noticed that the pain had gone. I felt so happy and I knew I had learned a lesson, it was a valuable lesson. I came back home and wanted to understand more about this topic, so I delved into my bible, and just sat down thinking about this.
I know you have heard it is your time for this and that so many times. Yes, it is your time for whatever you wish for if it is line with God’s purpose for your life. Without further ado, I will like to define time. According to the web dictionary, time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. The striking word in this definition is the word indefinite. Indefinite means time last for an unknown length. We measure time with the clock which helps us to put a scale to time, just like we have been able to put a scale to every other thing. We have been able to put a scale to an indefinite and infinite time, thanks to the works of the scientist of old. Just like nobody can say he knows the smallest and largest numbers, no one knows the beginning of time and the end of time. The only one who does is the alpha and omega, who holds eternity in His hands.
The length of life is also indefinite, though we can relatively say that the beginning of our life is at birth the end of our life we cannot speculate or boldly say. Except one decides that in 10 years or 20 years time I plan to commit suicide. Life was given to us by God, in Genesis 2:7; it says; Then the LORD God formed man from the dust from the ground, and man became a living soul. So the author of our life is The Alpha and Omega. He is the one who defines the time and length in which we are to live. So if you think that you have control of your life, remember that Mr. A did not know he was going to die in a car accident and never return home, if he knew he would have planned against that. Therefore, life is the fraction of eternity that has been placed in your hand by God, for effective management by you, but according to his will and purpose.
This brings us to planning, Planning is an arrangement of time. Proverbs 19:21 says, You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Therefore, the best plan you can have is to plan according to God’s purpose. If you remove God away from the equation of how you plan to have your life or even your day, then you introduce someone who is ever willing to steal your time, kill your time and destroy it (John 10:10). Time is the sum total of your existence, just as the poet said, little drops of water makes the mighty ocean, little bits of seconds makes the entirety of life. So every second of your day needs to be committed to God for effective planning, so that you can have a future and a hope according to Jeremiah 29:11 which says; “For I know the plans and thoughts I have towards you, says the LORD. They are plans of good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. The scripture reminds us what will happen if our time is not arranged by God, it says there will be a disaster. God wants to be involved in every second of your life, and He will only get involved when we invite Him. The only way of doing so is via prayers. Prayer is the key to unlocking doors, that restricts the access of the king of glory.
We have often heard the phrase time is money. Therefore, if time is money and we tithe or money, acknowledging that the money is from God and in so doing the rest of the money we have received is blessed, our store houses will be filled with plenty, He shall open the windows of heaven and so on according to Malachi 3. Why don’t we apply this concept to time, time is given to us by God, and to have the best time, you have to plan according to God’s purpose. One clear benefit of tithing is that you have invited God into your finances and then the rest of the money you have will be used effectively and not wastefully. How about “tithing” your time, having a minimum time a week or day you spend with the father, offering your 6:00 a.m. or 12:00 a.m. to God in thanksgiving and prayer. Acknowledging the father, for who He is to you and telling Him how much you love Him. It is no lie that, the world we live in takes a huge chunk of our time; university work, business, jobs and so on. it is very easy to forget to pray, very easy to forget to go to church, but when there is a commitment to it just like we are committed to tithing and offerings then it does us a lot of good. In the old testament, God introduced the Sabbath as the Lord’s day. Time with God is extremely important for you and God loves to spend time with us, it is extremely important to Him that is why He didn’t leave us alone, He sent us the Holy Spirit to be with us forever (John 14:16). Through the grace of God, we have the Holy Spirit in the new covenant, who has given us the liberty to choose our own Sabbath. However, if we do not recognize Him and call upon Him on a regular basis how can He give us rest (Matthew 11:28-29).
The Father wants us to be more than prosperous and be more than healthy (3 John 1:2), that is why he left us with the Holy Spirit so that He can be with us all the time. However, we must call upon the Holy Spirit every day and anytime by going on our knees in prayer and asking him to take control of our day and lead us not into temptations. God’s time is the best, and if God’s time is the best then we should not be in a hurry to plan our time. If we believe that God’s time is the best why don’t we plan according to his will and purpose. God has given us time so that we can be productive with it remember the parable of the talents; Matthew 25:14-30. If we are therefore productive with time we can fulfill our potential but remember for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
The blessing from giving special time and dedicating special time to God is simply having the best time every time. Try as much as you can to not forsake the gathering of the brethren, be committed in your work for Christ, and you shall see the hand of God in your life. So it’s not your time because you simply are the one living life. If it were your time you will not be made accountable for how you lived life, if it were your time you decide on when you want your life to end, but at the end of life we will be made accountable for how we spent our time just as the three men who were given talents were made accountable for how they spent their talents. Just like when a contractor is given a specific task, he is held accountable for the project and how the items given to him are being spent. The contractor is made to report daily or weekly on how he spends his time on site. It doesn’t mean the contractor cannot do any other thing, but he must structure his time around the project, and if there is a committed time for reporting back to the owner of the house he might lose his job if he turns up late or doesn’t even show up at all. We bless God for grace, for if not a lot of us would be jobless (dead physically and spiritually). We know how many meetings we have missed with the owner of the house, we know we are always out of site and the resources put in our hands are being put to waste. This is a time where we have to be more committed than ever to the things of God. Shalom!