Out of Control: Time Devotion 1

Followers of Jesus need to manage their time well.  We are told to make “the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16 ESV).  How do we do that?

Read: Psalm 90

Focus

Moses writes this psalm and says a few things about God and about man.

God

Moses says that God is unchanging and eternal.  He is beyond time and space.  Because He has always been…we have always had a refuge.  People have always had somewhere to go.  They’ve always had a place to turn and shelter to run to in times of need.

Man

We are taught that man is anything but eternal.  Man is compared to dust (3), a night watch (4), a dream (5), and grass (5).  These things come and go quickly.  They don’t last.  They end quickly.  Men live 70 or 80 years and not much more.  There isn’t much there in the grand scheme of eternity.

Big Thought

 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90.12)

Moses tells people, in light of who God is and who we are, that men need to number their days.  We need to realize they are short.  We need to realize they don’t last forever.  We need to seize them and make them count for eternal purposes.  This is hard.  It means setting right priorities.  It means cutting the “good” in light of the “best”.  It means being honest, taking account of what you spend your time on and recognizing what should stay and what needs to go.

Exercise

  1. Take a pad of paper or a spreadsheet and write down what you do today (or all week).
  2. Write down EVERYTHING you do.
  3. Tonight look back and see what you need to keep and what you need to delete.

Final Meditation

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90.14)