We have been thinking a lot about time this month—managing time and investing time in relationships. Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time for everything. Sometimes I wonder: Really? Is there really time for everything we need to do and everything God wants us to do? I don’t know about you, but for me it is a huge challenge!
OK, but if it comes from God’s Word, then we know it’s true, right? But how? Psalm 139:16 says God has our days planned. Ephesians 2:10 says that there are works prepared in advance for us to do. In Jeremiah 29:11–13 (NIV), God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” He continues to say that with these plans in place, “then you will call on me and come and pray to me. . . . You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Maybe the amazing fact that God knows us and that He has plans for our days and our time are what can bring us to know Him more—not simply to know His plans but to know Him. Maybe we can learn how to seek not only answers for our questions but also Him.
What would it look like to seek to know God more, plan our time based on what He shows us of His character, and learn what is on His heart? What if we used our time to cultivate our relationship with Him first? Time with God can change our perspective on what we even need to do in the first place. And just maybe it would involve whom to spend time with, to cultivate relationships with, and to invest in.
Ephesians 5:15–16 continues to challenge us with the reality of our days: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (NIV).
These are days full of questions. We know the Answer. And He will lead. May we seek Him, to know and follow well.
Laura Harper is ministry consultant at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.
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