Monday, April 11, 2022

Daily Devotion: A Life of Wasted Time

Bible Reading: Psalm 39

Key Verse: Verse 5 – “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”

Key Words: Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth  (the span of the hand)

Life on this earth isn’t long so we should make the very best of it for God’s glory.

How would you like to spend two years making phone calls to people who aren’t home?  Sound absurd?  According to one time management study, that’s how much time the average person spends trying to return calls to people who never seem to be in.  Not only that, we spend six months waiting for the traffic light to turn green, and another eight months reading junk mail.  These unusual statistics should cause us to do a time-use evaluation.  Once we recognize that simple “life maintenance” can chip away at our time in such huge blocks, we will see how vital it is that we don’t busy ourselves “in vain” (Psalm 39:6).

Psalm 39 gives us some perspective.  In David’s complaint to God, he said, “Thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee” (verse 5).  He meant that to an eternal God our time on earth is brief.  And He doesn’t want us to waste it.  When we do, we throw away one of the most precious commodities He gives us.  Each minute is an irretrievable gift – an unredeemable slice of eternity.  Sure, we have to make the phone calls and we must wait at the light.  But what about the rest of our time?  Are we using it to advance the cause of Christ and to enhance our relationship with Him?  Is our time well spent?

What to do:
✞ Use time wisely, for you can’t get it back.

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