“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
During this time of year, sports fans watch baseball's Fall Classic, the World Series, and they spend countless hours watching their favorite professional and college football teams. Ironically, for all the time spent at stadiums and in front of TVs, the games themselves don't contain that much action. An average 9-inning professional baseball game contains right at 18 minutes of action, and those four quarters of football provide just 11 minutes of action. All the rest of the time is spent watching commercials or waiting for the next pitch, hit, run, pass or tackle. This staggering statistic reminds us that time doesn’t need to be filled with non-stop activity and it also points out that we should be making wise use of our time each day.
Time is a precious commodity and the Bible tells us to be wise and make the best use of our time because the days are evil. Think of all of the things vying for your attention and time, Things you enjoy doing in your free time. We find time and spend hours on our smart phones. We find time to watch our favorite TV programs. We find time to surf the Web, read email and view our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Please understand, these things are not a sin in and of themselves. I’m also not advocating that we don’t watch a game or have a personal hobby. But if we are honest with ourselves we would acknowledge that we spend hours of time participating in things that have no lasting eternal value. We make excuses why we don’t have time to open up the Word of God and let Him speak to us. To pray, spending time with God and developing that intimate relationship that He desires. To seek God, to know His will for our lives and invoke His presence throughout our day. Why? Why do we allow this happen? We know better but yet we still succumb to the things in this world.
You see, it all depends on our perspective. We make time for what is important. But we make excuses. So what is the difference between a lie and an excuse? Not really that much. An excuse has been defined as the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Or put another way: an excuse is a lie all dressed up for dinner. I know I’m guilty at times and I’m sure you are as well.
Hypothetically, let’s say that you got a call this week from your doctor, who said, “You know those tests we did on you? We need to talk.” I would speculate that your schedule would open up and that you would have time to read the Bible. I would also predict that you would have time to pray, because you would need God’s strength to get through the storm that lies ahead.
So I encourage you, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is; be wise and make the most use of your time, because the days are evil.
Posted on Mon, November 18, 2013
by Sam Petitfils