Time; August 30, 2018

Acts 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

I find this verse particularly interesting in light of Acts 16:6, where it says they were “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the Word in the province of Asia.” God has His timing for everything, and when we try to deviate from that, things don’t go well. As theoretical physicists will tell you, the whole matter of time is a mystery. There are serious scientists today who say that time travel might be possible, and they aren’t just talking about our one-second-at-a-time march into the future. The only one who understands it all is God who created it, so it makes sense to seek to follow His schedule. We tend to get all tied in knots over time issues, and paradoxically waste a lot of time in the process! We measure lives by time, and are responsible as stewards of the time we have been given. Since no one knows ahead of time just how much time they have, that calls for active trust and obedience. History has many examples of people who did remarkable things at unusual ages, from Moses and Grandma Moses who had major careers that started in advanced age to people like Mozart who had major accomplishments while quite young. We don’t get to choose which end of the spectrum we fall on, so we need to be sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit as to what to do when.

On the one hand I have been a stickler for time, hating to be late for anything and resenting it when others are late, but on the other hand I have shown myself to be very adept at wasting time. The Internet has certainly boosted that part of my life! The older I get the faster time seems to pass, because we experience time in proportion to how much time we’ve already experienced. When I was in the 1st grade, a year was 1/6 of my whole life. For me right now, a year is 1/70 of my life. I need to recognize that every bit of my life is in God’s hands, and use all of it faithfully doing His will on His schedule for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for what You enabled me to get done in my unstructured day yesterday, and for what You have for me today. Again, my planner is blank, but You have my day planned. Help me rest, relax, and rejoice in You, as a faithful steward of all You have placed in my hands, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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