The Bible has much to say about time. Ecclesiastes 3 speaks of a time for every purpose under heaven. Ephesians 5:16 says that we must redeem our time. On a daily basis, I hear at least one person say, “I don’t have time for that,” when speaking of a certain activity. Another statement that I hear people make is “I need to make time for that.”
God has the answers to our time problem. If we give Him our time, He will help us to redeem it. Anything you give to God, He gives back in abundance.
What Happens to Our Time?
Everyone has the same amount of time in a day. We just all choose how we are going to spend it. Some of what fills our time are those things which must be done such as jobs, taking care of sick loved ones, or both. Other activities that fill our time are those that we choose. Often, we think we have no choice in those extra activities, but, the truth is, we can choose to keep or eliminate certain activities from our schedules.
We are living in the last days as the time of Christ’s return is drawing near. The enemy of our souls, Satan, knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12). He is sending demonic forces to God’s people with distractions to steal time. Unfortunately, the plan is working. However, that does not have to be the case. We have been given power over the enemy (Luke 10:19 and Ephesians 6:10-18). We can redeem our time because the Word tells us to. If God tells us something that we need to do, He gives us what we need to accomplish it.
Some other wastes of precious time are gossip, worry, time spent dwelling on negative thoughts, strife, too much social media time, and any other sin. That which is contrary to God’s will wastes your time. Spending time arguing on social media (or even excessive scrolling on social media), bashing others on social media, or gossip in general is a waste of time. That is why we are told to encourage others. It is a much better use of our time.
I will make a confession. There have been seasons in my own life that I wasted time worrying about what people thought of me. Yes, that can waste time! Such thinking kept me from obeying God in much needed ways.
How can you redeem your time?
The word even tells you what you can do to redeem your time. I have found that if I spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study daily, and put Him first, that my time has a way of being blessed. Of course, there have been activities, enjoyable activities that I have had to eliminate at certain times to do this. I am not saying that we can never do what we enjoy, but we have to be selective during busy seasons in our lives.
After reading Ephesians 5:16, the verse in which we are instructed to redeem our time, there are other verses that give us some clues. We are told further on in chapter 5 to understand what the will of the Lord is. We are also told to encourage each other.
In order to understand what the Lord is, I have to have a relationship with Him and be knowledgeable of His word. That is the only way I can understand what the will of the Lord is which contributes to redeeming our time.
If you are uncertain of steps you can take to redeem your time from the enemy, seek the Lord for wisdom. Ask Him to show you what you need to do. When He does show you, as He will, you must be willing to be obedient. Sometimes, we are not in agreement with what God says about activities that would best serve us and others.
Selfishness can often play a part in stealing time. Often, God asks us to do for others, but we have no desire to obey. Ask God to change your desires. Until He does, do what He is asking of you even if you do not wish to comply.
Take a few moments today and seek God about redeeming your time. He is a great redeemer, and He will guide you in the right direction.