November 8, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
When the time had fully come, God sent His Son. Galatians 4:4
In the beginning God created time -- days, months, years, centuries. Time is the measure of our lives. "How old are you?" "Can you come over next Saturday?" "How long will it take to do the job?" "How much time do I have, Doctor?"
Sometimes we try to bind God to our time frame. We want an immediate answer to prayer. We can't fit illness or emergency into the time schedule right now. It isn't fair when a life is cut short, we may think. But the Creator of time is above time. He told elderly Abraham and Sarah that He set His own unusual time for them to have a son.
We do need to measure time, to set goals and make good use of the days we have. But we also need to step back and take a look at God's time. In the sweep of eternity the daily pressures don't seem so important. And that's how much time each of us has -- eternity. God sent Jesus (at His perfect time) so that we can live forever with Him.
Some of us will spend more time on this earth than others. Whatever the length, there is enough time to accomplish God's purpose for us. No life is wasted. That purpose becomes clearer as we take time for the Lord's work.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the gift of time. Help me to use the days You have given me on earth to Your glory. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)