NIV Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
There will always be distractions. We will never have enough time. Good intentions will remain intentions until the commitment is made and carried out.
The principalities and powers seem to be fed on the theft of time. Time is what God has given us as either a means of preparation or as a witness as to our wastefulness. I am continually grieved at my own struggle to be a good steward of the time that has been granted to me. I dare not judge others for what they do with time, but my heart does go out to those who have no idea what time really means.
NIV Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
ESV Ephesians 5:16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
CSB Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
As a pastor, I encounter people at all levels of spiritual development. Those who understand the verses listed above have a depth to the souls and a strength in their hearts which cannot be shaken by the darkness of this world nor do they have much time stolen from them. These are the wise servants of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:13-30).
Lent is a time. A time that calls us to preparation. The early church understood the need for this. They grasped the struggle that must be faced and the mystery we are called to encounter. Everything happens in accord with God’s will because time is a creation of God. Do not seek to put the previous statement into a simple theological formula. It will not fit. Things like suffering, depravity, inequality that happen in the midst of our time cannot be reasoned, explained, or understood by our finite grasp of our journey through this life. Somehow we must find the faith to trust that God does.
NIV Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
How do we not waste time? How can we make our journey one of awareness and preparation rather than meaninglessness and foolish victimization?
NIV Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
The Word of God made known in Scripture, experience, tradition, and reason give us the best options for training we can receive. These are our tools. The Word of God is made flesh in Jesus. In seeking Jesus, in loving Jesus, in living for Jesus, in reflecting, meditating, desire Jesus our time is well spent.
NIV Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
We continue the journey toward the cross and the tomb in the midst of time.