|Posted on July 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. But at night there is a danger of stumbling because they have no light.” John 11:9-10
Lately I haven’t been making it to greet the night before I am falling asleep. The day light hangs around just past 830pm. I wake around 5am because of the light so by this time of the night my body is happy to retire. To mark the day well done and call it good. I have put in my 12 hours of work during the day and have opted to use the last 3 hours of my day to eat dinner, wind down and relax. I am in no danger of stumbling because to be honest I am too tired to stumble I would rather slumber by the time night comes around, thank God it pleases Him for me to rest.
For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. Hebrews 4:10
The start of my day is the time I make to study His Word. When everyone including the dogs on my bed are still asleep. The only sound I hear is the fan and the Spirit in me. It’s usually about this time I begin to share what I am learning with others. My hands do the typing to the thoughts in my head. There is a time I acknowledged each of my many blessings with a grateful heart so as not to stay focused on the things I may be lacking I bring my request to God and wait expectantly as instructed in Psalm 5:3. Maintain the household is the job I have when I am not working for Him I work to serve others lest I put Proverbs 31:27 to shame. Looking at the clock as each hour ticks down to what the next part of my day will bring. His Word has taught me there are but a few hours in this day to be used for dong the good work He prepared for us to do.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I remember early on making a list of things I thought would be pleasing to God. On this list were things like cooking. I don’t think it displeases God for me to prepare a meal it might displease Him for me to be consumed by the meal that I have no time for other things as Mary was in Luke 10:40. Cleaning is on the list this includes every chore you can think of from the laundry, vacuum, dust, cleaning the bathroom, changing sheets weekly to the monthly chores like changing the furnace filter, vacuuming under the couch and behind the TV. I don’t think it displeases Him for me to be organized after all He did create the world to be lived in not an empty place of chaos as He said in Isaiah 45:18.
Then there were things that please me that I thought might please Him like making the time to exercise my gifts 1 Peter 4:10-11. As the created I am made in His image so I don’t think it displeases Him for me to create as He does, to be creative. I know that laziness does not please Him from the repeating mentions of it throughout Proverbs 12:24, 15:19, 18:9, 20:4, 21:25, 22:13, 24:30, 26:13 and 26:14 and warning of it in 1 Thessalonians 5:14. I understand that there is always something that needs to be taken care of tended to and I must be wise to never assume that there is nothing to do or needs to be done otherwise why am I here. Yes there is a time for rest but not all day or every single day of the remainder of my life.
I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave me to do. John 17:4
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24
How I use those 12 hours is different every day I don’t use the same set of hours doing the exact same thing over and over again but there was a time I used to put those hours to shame. A time when I spent more time doing what was pleasing to myself and not caring if there was a God who was pleased with the way I was living my life. Unlike the parable of the foolish brides in Matthew 25 if He were to show up at any hour of the day I would hope that He would be pleased to find I was expecting Him and preparing for His arrival every single day. There were just enough hours for me to do what I needed to do. That He would be satisfied, that I did enough with the time that I was given. Time is the one thing equal to us all. For many years I wasted it or squander it away but now I use the time to wait for Him and get some things done while I wait.
LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered- how fleeting life is. Psalm 39:4