Time is Fleeting! Diligence in Seeking the Lord and Resting in Him.
Today’s message comes to you from an old journal entry of mine.
I always find it interesting. This verse asks God to remind us how short our life is [I believe] so we can worry less and also so we can use our time wisely. I get stuck between leisure and diligence at times. This culture has taught us YOLO [You Only Live Once] but it’s usually wasteful. Yet getting caught up in To-Dos can also hurt us.
YOLO came about from the fact that our time on Earth is very short. The values behind “You Only Live Once’ began with good intentions but often end in frivolous acts.
So what exactly does Psalm 39:4 say?
Lord, make me to know my end and [to appreciate] the measure of my days–what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am [how transient is my stay here]. (MSG)
The struggle that arose from reading this verse was, how do we balance a carefree content attitude (like YOLO) but with an attitude of urgency for the things of God?
Seek the Lord’s wisdom!
We seek the knowledge and know-how from Him. He gives us the vision and wisdom to know what is and isn’t a priority.
Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. (Psalm 39:4 NIV)
As this verse points out, time is flying–and we can’t stop it. However, when we dedicate our time to Him our days are stretched and we focus on the right things. We waste less time and avoid getting caught up in dead works–tasks that seem productive yet really aren’t. Instead it enables us to use our time wisely so we can add value to this world and store heavenly riches. Because we know every second counts we put our efforts to good use.
Now how about that YOLO part? How do we take a break and avoid getting caught up in devouring time, even if it’s for good use?
So much to do, so little time!
Rest in Him!
Time is fleeting, but we don’t have to worry.
The goal is to manage our days using wisdom. We have to know when to rest and when to work. To be lazy is as equally useless as it is working nonstop. Lead by Him we can grab a hold of peace in the midst of a busy life and we can make time to rest in Him because we trust He will guide us.
But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7 NIV)
We YOLO by resting in Him AND spending time wisely. When we learn to balance leisure and diligence His way, we allow Him to recharge us then direct us to make best use of our earthly time.
How do you balance leisure and diligence in your life? Let me know by leaving a comment below.