When have you wasted time with worry?
Are the majority of the comments you make about time about having too much or too little?
What are the constants across many times of your life and what consistently changes?
Receive It. What similarities do you find in the following verses? What differences do you find?
At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River and wanted John to baptize Him. (Matthew 3:13)
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” (Matthew 11:25)
At that time Jesus went off to a mountain to pray. (John 6:12)
At that time, Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits, and He gave sight to many blind people. (John 7:21)
Being authentic with your time is using time as God intends. Being authentic always involves obedience. Obedience involves asking, listening, and responding to God. Jesus did a lot of amazing things. He healed people, fed people, and taught people. He retreated, prayed, and worshipped. He could have chosen any one of those things and spent His entire life immersed in it. He would have done much good, but He wouldn’t have done the best, fulfilling what God planned.
No matter how good what you’re doing with time is, if you’re not doing it in God’s guidance and timing, it’s not the best you can do. Only God knows how each moment of your life is to be spent and how it works together for His plan and glory. God is not confined by time. He is as present now as He is present in the past and in the future. We exist in the now in the context of then. God is. Because of His presence, He sees each choice in the context of purpose, consequence, and relationship. We can attempt to figure out the dynamics of the whats and whens of our lives, but our conclusions are limited because our perspectives are limited. And our time is limited. But God has an “at this time” for you now…and now…and now. Trust Him to reveal your “at this time.” You will be authentic with time as you are obedience with time.
Live It. Set your watch or phone alarm to chime every hour today. Pause at each alarm and ask God to reveal your “at this time.” Respond in obedience.