With the New Year upon us, my dear husband of 33 years, Bob, and myself sat down for a time of reflection and prayer. You know how it is…that fresh feeling of the New Year…a looking back on the faithfulness of God in the passing year and an eager anticipation of where He is directing our journey into the future. We began with the Word of God, which I believe is the foundational place to start any time of personal reflection.
Two superb verses to begin a “fresh start” are:
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:10-12
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
This morning in my small group at church, I placed a watch and clock in a few students hands. I then asked them an important question…”What are you holding?” A few responded “time in my hands”, but one said, “A time piece”. This fellow learner got it right. We all realized that we can’t hold TIME! The only thing we can do is live in the moment and as believers in Jesus, maximize these tidbits of chronology for the kingdom of God!
I don’t know about you, but seventy years seems shorter to me the longer the Lord allows me to live on in the flesh. Which means I have less moments to present heart of wisdom to the Lord, to teach the Word of God and share the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. These verses are sobering indeed. With all my heart I want to “make the most of” or to “redeem the time”, so that I might present that heart of wisdom to the One who died for me. The eternal One, who is not constrained by time, but is above it. The only true God to whom all honor and praise are due.
How about you? Will you take a few moments of quiet reflection before the Lord in prayer to seek Him, express your love for Him, and embrace the truths of His Word? Will you determine in your heart to allow Him to reveal His desires for your journey in “making the most of your time”? Let’s press on together in 2017.
Let’s begin 2017 with what I call “one truth at a time”.
Don’t let the past keep you from following the Lord Jesus in the present.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Take “one truth at a time” and begin applying the truths of the Bible to your life beginning today.
PS: As a teacher of the Inductive Bible study method, I strongly encourage you to get your Bible and read these verses in their context as I have done. We can never really only take “one truth at a time” without placing it back into the context of the Bible as a whole. And as you do this…the Bible will begin to come alive to you in new and life-changing ways!