Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” (Eccl. 1:5).
READ: Ecclesiastes 1:3-6
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). One subject that is difficult to define is time. Although it can be measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and so on, yet, it will require a divine revelation to define it appropriately. Simply put, time is a segment of eternity.
Time is somewhere inside eternity. According to Ecclesiastes 1:4, time is transient. As one generation goes another one comes. Time is a process that flows nonstop like a river. It is always on the move. Ecclesiastes 1:5 says, “The sun also ariseth and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose”. When it’s sunrise, before long it will be sunset. One lesson here is that we must never waste our time. Use the difference between sunrise and sunset profitably. Time never stops flowing. Some people erroneously talk of ‘killing time’. Time never dies. Those who claim to kill time are only working against the natural order and therefore killing themselves. Time is a valid means of measurement. No matter how young a child is, it is common to ask how old he or she is. Why? The moment a child is born, he begins a journey to the grave. So what that child does between birth and death is entirely his responsibility. This is why we need wisdom to be able to maximize our time on the earth. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. An aspect of that wisdom is in measuring your time on heart using days and not necessarily years. Use the closer instruments such as seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and months than years which are farther. The one who effectively plans with days will have results for every passing day, week, month and years. But the one who plans only with years may have nothing to show for each day, week, month or year. What are your plans for this year? Are they carefully plotted—each day, week and month? If your minutes, hours and days are effectively occupied, you will end up as an efficient time manager.
It is easier to handle the little, tiny bits of time that are closer to you than the big and far away variable called years. Plan out your days today!
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