“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
This past week in our Bible study we talked about the meaning of time. Time is one of those abstract terms that is hard to define, but each person has their own thoughts on what time means. A few of the insights we came up with as a class included:
- Time is a gift.
- Time is full of potential.
- How we spend our time reveals our priorities: we find time for what is important to us.
- Time gives us perspective: we can learn when we look back on time.
- There is finite time on earth, but heaven will be timeless, for eternity.
As I was considering the way I spend my gift of time and trying to determine if I am indeed “numbering my days aright so I might gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), I thought of Proverbs 16:3. This proverb encourages us to give our burdens and concerns to the Lord. If you are overcommitted or feel like you simply don’t have enough time in the day to complete the tasks set before you or there are too many interruptions that prevent you from completing the things you want to do, give your worry to the Lord. If you are lonely and the days go by slowly, give your loneliness to the Lord. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Give it over to him.
When you let go of your worries and trust that the Lord loves you and will take care of you (Matthew 6:25-34), you will have success as Proverbs 16:3 promises. This success comes in the form of peace and joy because you will be grounded in God’s purpose for your life. The key to finding your purpose and spending your time wisely is being sensitive to God’s voice in your life. You do this through spending time with him daily. Even reading one Bible verse for five minutes can make a huge difference. Pray often- you can pray anytime and anywhere. Pray while you’re washing dishes or doing laundry. Pray while you’re out on a morning walk or sitting in rush-hour traffic. When a worry comes to your mind, talk to the Lord about it right then.
Don’t wish your days away, but instead remember the past, live in the present and pray about the future. While we can enjoy remembering past successes and learn from past failures, we should not dwell on the past. Live in the right now! And even if you are not happy with your “right now” situation, realize that if you commit your way to the Lord, success will come. In doing this you are pressing on to the prize of heaven in the future, as Paul says in Philippians 3:14.
Proverbs 3:6 exhorts, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Commit every decision, worry and action to the Lord, and your time will indeed be used wisely.