Theme of the Week: Stewarding Time
Bible Verse: “[T]he LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…. but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28, 31
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31
I’m not a scientist by training, but in my youth, I took some courses in biology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy. More importantly, just like you, I know how to surf the internet. And the internet informs me that scientists generally consider our universe to be comprised of time, space, matter, and energy.
Though I’m not a scientist, I am a Christian. I believe the Bible teaches the supremacy of God. Speaking Himself in Isaiah 40:28, “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” God is the Creator. Colossians 1:16 further adds that Christ made both heaven and earth, things visible and invisible. As the Creator as well of heaven, a place that scientists cannot measure or quantify, God surely created what scientists label as time, space, matter, and energy.
This past week, we’ve focused on one of them, time. But realistically in our study, we can’t separate them. We are human beings made of matter, taking up and moving in physical space, requiring energy and burning off energy, all the while dwelling in time.
What ties our whole week together is that God is Lord over time, space, matter, and energy.
We explored at the outset that time isn’t ours but someday at judgment, we will have to give an account of how we stewarded the time He gave us (along with the space, matter, and energy we interacted with).
Next, we asked what kairos moments God might be calling us to, specially appointed times where we need to act decisively and significantly for Him.
Then I attempted to encourage us all to contemplate and worship the eternal God, who has set eternity in our hearts. Science can’t measure eternity, let alone God. It can try, but concepts like time, space, matter, and energy will never define God, because He created those concepts and is therefore above those concepts.
For the following devotional, I was hoping you would indulge my whimsy, as I trotted out the children’s game, “What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?”. My intention was to use this game as a springboard to help us live a little more spontaneously, yet anchored in our relationship with God, and use the pithy teachings from James chapter 5 as a guideline. Time, space, matter, and energy can all be spontaneously utilized to praise the Lord.
King Hezekiah’s extra 15 years of life were employed to spur us to live each day for the Lord with no regrets by bedtime. The passage of time is relentless but time is nevertheless a valuable gift, to be used wisely in conjunction with space, matter, and energy, also gifts from God.
Yesterday, I was essentially communicating, “Respect Martha but be more like Mary, making listening to Jesus the #1 priority.” Though you have so many things to do, prioritize your time and meet with the Lord.
As we wrap up this week, I hope that the everlasting God, the Creator of time, space, matter, and energy, will renew your strength, so that you will use the time entrusted to you to the fullest.
Prayer: Dear Lord, whether I use fancy science words or not, I dedicate not only my time to You, but I dedicate myself to You. I can’t change the past. I can only choose to live in the present for You.
Reflection: What’s one takeaway from this week that you would like to remember and implement in your life for God?
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