What you choose to spend time on can unlock blessings for you today, and every day to come.
There’s a paradox in modern life that we often miss. We all know that the twenty-four hours in a day are precious and so we try to fill every waking moment with meaningful activity. We create technology that enables us to do and deliver what we want—instantly, on demand.
Yet, for some reason, despite the technological wizardry at our disposal, we seem to have less time than ever. And we find ourselves still unable to accomplish all that we want to. Somehow, we’re not satisfied with how many of our days are spent.
How do we as believers, really walk in redeemed time—how do we live life making every day count?
Setting Apart Time for Him
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
—Proverbs 3:1–2 NLT
How do we enjoy not just a satisfying life, but a satisfying life of many years?
The Bible, God’s manual for all believers to live a successful, abundant life, gives us the answer to this perennial question.
It’s found in going back to the Word. It has to do with knowing the liberating truths that God wants to show us in His Word about His Son, Jesus—His love, His grace, His ways. And He wants us to store these truths in our hearts.
What happens when we do?
Well, apart from receiving nourishment for the strength and wisdom we need every day, we’ll also receive a three-layered blessing for life in terms of quantity and quality! The Lord will make our days more productive, add more years to us, and provide His shalom-peace to last through it all!
Make Giving Time to God A Habit
Whether you’re a morning lark or night owl, or somewhere in-between, find a time in your day where you can delve into and enjoy God’s Word. It doesn’t need to be long; it just needs to be exclusive: just you, the Lord, and His Word. You in His presence, enjoying what His Spirit wants to show you of His grace and goodness toward you.
Here’s a challenge for the week ahead, and take no more than fifteen minutes today to get this going. Plug in and listen to a sermon about His grace. It’s okay if you can’t finish it at one sitting. You can continue with where you left off the next day. The point is to keep listening to and meditating on what encourages you in the preached Word.
Or pick up a book of devotions and read the first entry. Or find a Bible reading plan and start on it. And if you’re truly time-pressed, find your favorite verse of encouragement or promise in the Bible and meditate on it.
It’s simple to get going, and once you do, don’t be surprised to find yourself hungering for more time with the Lord.
As you begin to spend time daily in God’s Word, you’ll find His Word and His Spirit directing your thoughts, stabilizing your emotions, guiding your steps, and delivering you from defeatist habits. Our God is waiting to multiply His blessings on you today and every day for the rest of your life!
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