“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
Six days, 144 hours, 8,640 minutes, 518,400 seconds. No matter how you slice it, it is “very good,” God says. So how come I can’t get everything done?
The fact is that time is a valuable resource, but, unlike all other resources God gives us to manage, we all get the same amount of it and there is no way to get any more. Time moves on never looking back just daring us to fill her rightly. And therein is the problem.
What is right? What’s first? What’s beneficial? What’s important? How does one prioritize this very good resource and make the most of it? Countless books, seminars and workshops have been produced to address these questions but the Bible will give the right answers for nothing. Here are a few Bible verses to advise us on better management of God’s time.
Ecclesiastes 3:8; “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
The Teacher here tells us that time is the container for the fullness of our human life. Time is filled with both good and bad. Time allows us to pursue worthy and righteous endeavors like love and peace, and yet it as easily is the vessel for hate and war. This is the human condition when left to our management. Only through Christ can time be redeemed and restored to “very good.”
1 Corinthians 14:40; “But all things should be done decently and in order.”
Paul is telling the community of believers what responsible time management looks like. This wisdom applies to all human communities whether it is the family, the church, the government, or a business. “Decently and in good order” reflects God’s personality to organize matter from chaos. This is the crux of what “very good” means. We should strive in all of our communities to reflect God’s “very good.”
Ephesians 5:15; “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Even when we try to constructively fill our days with love and peace, and even when we organize our relationships for an orderly structure for our endeavors, we will still misstep. That is because the “days are evil.” No, time itself is very good, but within the days reside the opportunity for mischief, and rebellion, and simply what we call sin.
The solution to our use of sanctified time is to walk through each day in the company of the Holy Spirit, calling on the name of God to make decisions, to do good works, and to protect us from evil. Christ died to redeem each of us from time spent in exile, separation from God. Jesus’ resurrection gives us the gift of grace to spend all of time with God, the Three-in-One. Eternity. Very Good!