Our God put order into everything, from the movement of the stars and the planets to the consistency of time. I have always marvelled that the very last second, of the very last minute, of the very last hour of the year lands exactly at 1 second to midnight. The timing in a year is so accurate that over the years, night and day have stayed in the right place as do the seasons. It cannot have happened by chance! Despite those that think our world could have come about by a series of accidents and coincidences, we know that our heavenly Father designed it meticulously right down to the last second. This shows how important time is to God.
As CS Lewis said, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” Time is the great leveller, but some people do seem to make better use of the time at their disposal which we will look at in future editions of Testify.
We need to start by understanding that God made the day evenly balanced with eight hours to sleep, eight hours to work, and eight hours of personal time (although many would find that hard to believe as work seems to dominate the week). We were created to keep this schedule for six days a week. However, on the seventh day we are supposed to rest, which means doing absolutely nothing but having adequate time with the family, or spending quiet time, and most importantly committing to make the day Holy for the Lord. If you have a very busy schedule you may need some quiet time to communicate with God, which we often fail to do.
Athletes know they need rest days, yet some feel guilty and over-train which can actually weaken the body. We feel the same when we are leading a very busy life, it is hard to shut down, even for a day. In sports, they have found it is not just the physical side of the body that needs repairing, but also the physiological. In the case of a Christian, the physical, physiological and spiritual renewals are needed.
If you are always busy, you probably know how hard it is just to sit quietly in a chair without starting to worry about things you should be getting done. Equally, those who are so active find it hard to sit without stimulation, hence, they become addicts to their phones and tablets. Does this sound like you?
So how can we reverse the situation? First, you have to understand that you do not have to ‘waste’ a day of your life. Quite the opposite it could extend your life, and for those who feel everything is about productivity, studies have shown that you will be more productive in the week ahead.
Nowadays, most of us have two days off so we should plan our time off to do all the chores, shopping, and DIY on one of the days, and then keep the second day for what it was designed for, reconstitution. The week is 168 hours so giving the 16 waking hours to the Lord day is giving a tithe of 10% of your time.
The day should be for family, for socialising, and you should try to commit some special time to your relationship with God. For those who get Sunday’s off don’t let anything get in the way of getting to church. It says in Luke 4:16 that Jesus went to Nazareth “and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.” If it was the custom of Jesus, the son of God, to go into the synagogue on the Lord’s Day then we have little excuse. Roman’s 10:25 makes it very clear that we must not forsake the “assembling of ourselves together.” This is not for God’s benefit but for ours. Do not let the busyness of life stop you from being refreshed.
When we keep the day in the even thirds of eight hours and give our body a day of rest, then everything in life seems to stay in balance. Lent is upon us and it is a great time to commit to changing your priorities for the sake of those around you and most importantly for your physical and spiritual growth.