(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Randy Frazee entitled, “BELIEVE.”
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
These reflections of King Solomon are not much different in 2022 than they were 1000 B.C. For 3000 years time has presented many different options and opportunities for people. Different seasons of life have different activities. Different waves of life provide and ebb and flow of activities.
So what season are you in? What are you doing with your time today?
As we journey this week through God’s gift of time, perhaps our minds will ebb and flow between finding great meaning in our days and some days we will feel like King Solomon, “Meaningless.”
Perhaps there is a season for each.
But here’s the reminder: Today is a gift.
The eternal God created time for his creation to enjoy.
On day one of create, God established the rhythm of the day. A period of darkness followed by a period of light. Genesis 1:5 And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
We are so used to watches and clocks that tell us what time it is, but another gift God gave is the ability to mark seasons of time, days and years. Day four of creation he created the sun, moon, and stars to do just that. Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
So today is a reminder of God’s faithfulness in preserving the rhythm of time for each of us to enjoy today. He hasn’t told us how many we get, but he does remind us he knows each day he has gifted to us. Psalm 139:16 “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
You have many options presented to you today to use the time God has gifted you. So be reminded of our key verse this week:
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Apply: Take time today to thank God for the gift of time he has given to you. Ask him for wisdom to use that time to his glory!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of time. Help me treasure each day and use each day for your glory. AMEN.