Manage TIME wisely by making the RIGHT CHOICES
July 9 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-3
"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven" (Eccl. 3:1)
The wisest man on this earth, King Solomon, who calls himself the ‘Preacher’ (1:1), has made a sincere attempt to explain that all our ceaseless labor in the pursuit of worldly happiness is in vain. Solomon was uniquely qualified to make this analysis since he had ‘it all’ that every person dreams about, including unlimited wealth, power, fame, popularity, pleasure, wisdom, along with one-thousand wives, and three hundred concubines. In spite of everything that he enjoyed, he understood that he faced a limit in one crucial commodity – time. So, the wisest man encourages us to use our time wisely by making right choices every moment of every day!
The above key verse for our meditation informs us that God has planned a time for everything and every action on this earth. There is a predetermined season for everything and a fixed time for every happening. It means that history is filled with cyclical patterns, and these recur with unchangeable regularity. Everything is ordered by God, without any dependence upon man’s approval, at a divinely appointed time, and according to God’s plan and providence.
As Solomon reflects on all of life, he expresses in a beautiful poem of fourteen pairs of opposite events that God has a sovereign design behind all events (vv.2-8). These twenty-eight events are probably intended to represent every aspect of human activity. Earthly pursuits are no doubt lawful in their proper time and order, but everything is under the control of the overall providence of God (Jer. 10:23). They are exclusively divine activities in respect to a proper time for God to act in His sovereignty (Ps. 75:2; 102:13). God steers us into the future with His hand, and He is absolutely in control of all events in our lives!
In other words, God is in control of our lives and keeps everything balanced. In fact, God has established the patterns of life and all our labors cannot change them. All events are in the hand of God who makes everything happen in the time He deems appropriate (Rom. 8:28). Since we cannot know what God intends to do about a particular matter, we must wait upon the Lord and find the real joy in closely obeying God in our daily lives. Let us understand that our “times” are in God’s hand (Ps. 31:15) and that there is an appropriate time for each of our activities. The righteous Job knew this principle well, and it gave him strength in the midst of his trials (Job 1:21).
When we adopt this principle and apply it in our practical lives, we will be able to manage our time wisely by making the right choices every day. Usually, we make choices that reflect the things we value the most. Let us value the things that are important to God and those that have eternal consequences. We should closely budget our available time on a daily basis, evaluate our priorities, manage our schedules, and reorganize our time well so that it accurately reflects our engagement in matters that are both urgent and important. In this manner, let’s make good use of the time that God has given us on a daily basis. Here’s a quote by Joan Baez that is appropriate in this context: "You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."