“Look carefully then how you walk, not a unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
I’ve said it. You’ve said it. “Wait just one minute.” Whether you were on the phone, or doing an important task; all of us have either asked or told people to; “Wait just one minute.” Sometimes those minutes can drag on to four, five, or fifteen minutes. Good grief!
We are a time conscience society. In order to accomplish our work; keep up with our to do list and the people with which God has entrusted us; we must be intentional with our time.
How do we redeem the days God has ordained for us? We make lists, lists and more lists, trying to do things in an orderly fashion, from the most critical to the least. What do you do when a friend needs you? I remember hearing that a lady needed her friend to meet with her. The friend responded by saying, “Sorry I’m memorizing some Scripture; I don’t have time.”
Hiding God’s Word in your heart is very important but “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” “Be kind to one another.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The last two quotes are from God’s Word. The origination of the first quote is disputed but it’s been around for a very long time.
We don’t like to wait for stop lights, slow computers or the woman in front of us, in the grocery store line. Our society is mostly impatient. With patience being the fourth attribute of God’s Holy Spirit; we need to develop that discipline and exhibit the attribute to a pretty impatient world. That’s what Jesus would do.
Isaiah said, “Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”
- Wait upon the Lord to move and act on your behalf.
- Wait for your turn at a stop light, in line, even for that promotion for which you’ve been longing.
- Wait for the person who needs you.
- Wait in patience, hope and trust for your prayers to be answered.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, I ask You to forgive me for my impatience with myself and others. I long to show compassion and patience to all people, Christian and non-Christian, mean and even hateful people. Teach me to respond in a Christ like manner. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!