Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15 -17
We all have enough time each day to do God’s will. So what causes our plates to overflow with too many things to do and not enough time to do them?
Either we have things on our plates that should be removed or we are in the habit of allowing trivial things get our attention and focus. Trivial things are powerful attention grabbers, enticing us and capturing our time. They entice perhaps because they require little of us – they are easy – yet they fill up our days with a false sense of busyness. Each day we are given 86,400 seconds of time. How many of those seconds are spent carelessly without thought of the gift they are intended to be?
James Matthew Barrie said that “the life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.” How horrifying is the thought of someday having to look back and see the gap between what God intended for me and what I actually lived out. Thankfully, God’s will is not some mysterious confusing concept that we have to grope for. Rather it happens in the daily ordinary stuff of life as we do what we ought to do one day at a time. And we discern “what we ought to do” when we yield our minds to Jesus each day in every circumstance we are in. Romans 12:2 tells us that we are transformed by the renewal of our minds and then are able to discern the will of God.
What does God have in store for you today? Is there….
- A kind deed to do for your spouse?
- An aging parent who longs to hear from you?
- A truth you need to teach a child?
- A wrong you need to confess?
- A person you need to forgive?
- An attitude you need to adjust?
- A book you need to read?
- An hour of time you need to spend in prayer and contemplation?
Andrew Jackson Jr. said that “when you look back on your life, you will regret the things you did not do more than the things you did.” Be the person you ought to be by doing the things you ought to do. Write your story as it is intended to be written – one day at a time.
Oswald Chambers Quotes
(From the Quotable Oswald Chambers by David McCasland)
“There is a distinct period in our experience when we cease to say “Lord, show me Thy will,” and the realization begins to dawn that we are God’s will, and He can do with us what He likes. We wake up to the knowledge that we have the privilege of giving ourselves over to God’s will. It is a question of being yielded to God.”
“There is a great snare especially in evangelical circles of knowing the will of God as expressed in the Bible without the slightest practical working of it out in the life.”