“My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31:15.
“Life and time are world's two teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time, while time teaches us the value of life. “
“A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5)
Life and Times are very unique gifts from our God .when Adam violated God’s word he activated death and we lost our sacred Life & Glory and become slave to sin and the limitations of time, death and space. As we all know, sooner or later, every single one of us is going to die and cross over to the other side. There is a boundary fixed for every man, which always remains where it is set, nor can any move it forward by any means whatsoever. The death of the body, some day, is strangely linked, in a way that we do not fully comprehend, with the death which is at work in our inner lives, right now. That is, inner death is what we experience in a thousand ways - sometimes as loneliness, bitterness, emptiness, despair, depression of spirit, and sometimes it is malice and resentment and violence. Every man of Adam's fallen race is short-lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendor falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow.
Whatever it may be, it is not what God intended for man. It is an enemy which has seized man and lives with him and haunts him in everything he does. And it is very useful to reflect seriously on the shortness and uncertainty of human life, and the fading nature of all earthly enjoyments. It is determined, in the counsel and decree of God, how long we shall live. Time is a wonderful gift from God. Time is past, present and future. Time cannot be stopped, Time cannot be stretched and Time cannot be reproduced .All sorrows in the world are compensated with time, as they rightly say time is the best healer. Time waits for no man and time once lost cannot be re-created so it is pretty much important for everyone to make the best use of time to get the best of time in the present as well as for the future. Our times are in his hands, the powers of nature act under him; in him we live and move. Until we are born of the Spirit, no spiritually good thing dwells in us, or can proceed from us. Even the little good in the regenerate is defiled with sin. We should therefore humble ourselves before God, and cast ourselves wholly on the mercy of God, through our Divine Surety. We should daily seek the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and look to heaven as the only place of perfect holiness and happiness.
Bible says “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.( Ephes. 5:15-16) If we don’t redeem and manage our time ourselves, something else will and we may not accomplish what we really want to do. We can’t control time but we can control what we do with our time. . The scripture indicates that you should manage yourself. Eccles. 3:1. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: we all will be held accountable for the time, talent, and treasure God gives us. Psalm 90:10, 12 says the length of our days is seventy years. So teach us to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom. The very nature of time makes it necessary that we manage ourselves and time wisely.
What we do today, determines where we will stand tomorrow and the person who makes the best use of time today gets the best of life in the future. Time has created kings as well as beggars. Riches turn into rags and rags to riches over a matter of time. Every work that we do requires time and time cannot be negotiated or replaced. The best use of time will most likely give you the best in life. Some things in life are beyond our control and we need to make up for things before things run out of time. Time is gift of God we have done nothing to deserve it, to earn it or purchase it
Like the air we breathe Time come to us as part of life. The gift of time is not ours alone. But is given equally to each person Rich, poor, educated, ignorant, strong, week Every man, woman and child has the same 24 hours every day Time cannot be stopped, slow down, turned off, adjusted Time marches on You can’t bring it back Once it is gone it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever Tomorrow holds no guarantee, so the Time is one of our most precious possessions, we can waste it, worry over it ,we can spend it on casually or we can redeem the time wisely and manage with constructively.
Our text says “My times are in thy hand “The events of my life are under God’s sovereign control. No danger can happen to me without the will of God; the meaning of our text is that all that concerns the believer is in the hands of Almighty God. “My times”, that is to say, my ups and downs, my health and my sickness, my poverty and my wealth — all those are under the control and at the disposal of God. He would "live" as long as God should please. It was His to give life; His to preserve it; His to take it away. All in relation to life - its origin - its continuance - its changes - its seasons - childhood, youth, middle age, old age - all was in the hand of God. No one, therefore, could take his life before the time that had been appointed by God, and he might calmly commit the whole to him. This we may feel in all seasons of life and in all times of danger; of sickness; of feebleness. We shall live as long as God has appointed; we shall pass through such changes as he directs; we shall die when and where and how he chooses. In the faithful discharge of our duty, therefore, we may commit all these things to him, and leave all at his disposal.
To have our times in God’s hand also mean that not only are they at God’s disposal, but that they are arranged by the highest wisdom. God’s hand never errs; and if our times are those in his hand, those times are ordered in the right way. We do not need to puzzle our brains to understand his providence: a much easier and wiser option is open for us: to believe the hand of the Lord works all things for our best. Sit still as a child at your great Father’s feet, and let him do as is good to him. When you cannot comprehend him, know that a baby cannot comprehend the wisdom of his father. Your Father knows all things, though you do not: let his wisdom be enough for you. What a blessing it is to see by faith all the things that concern you held in the hand of God! What peace regarding everything that causes worry flows into our souls when we see all our hopes on such a strong foundation, and preserved by supreme power! “My times are in your hand.”
Wise time management also involves carefully analyzing how we currently spend every minute of our day and then determining ways we can make better use of those minutes. This often includes eliminating many or all of the time wasters that each of us must contend with on a daily basis. It also involves learning to set priorities. Most people in the world are driven by wrong priorities that occupy and control their entire lives. Psychologist Abraham Maslow, who after studying the motivations of human behavior, concluded that all human behavior is driven by the same basic “hierarchy of needs”: water, food, clothes, housing, protection, security, preservation, self-actualization, and significance. However, Jesus affirmed God’s number-one priority for all human on the planet He said “…Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes...But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:25,33).If our priorities are right and correct, we preserve and protect our life. When we establish our priority according to God’s direction and will then our success is guaranteed. Right and Correct priority simplifies our life. Failure to establish correct priority causes us to waste our time & energy.
Every second we have in life is a gift from God. Has it ever occurred to you that for you to cease living, God would not have to take your life? All God would have to do is stop giving you time. “Your time is in His hands.” You are a steward of the time He has given you. We have 86,400 seconds in a day no more, no less. Our responsibility today is evaluate the day. How do we redeem our 86,400 seconds each day to the glory of God? Are you lagging behind God or running ahead of Him? The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced with God.
When our hopes crush, & dreams collapse, the Grace and Love of Jesus is designed to relieve and to bring hope to us. God send His son to restore us back to everlasting life. Therefore the greatest gift God ever given to mankind is eternal life through the redemptive work of Christ at the right time or fullness of the time-namely, "the time appointed by the Father” Bible says “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (Galatians 4:5) C. S. Lewis said it well “The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God."
Jesus defeated the death and demons by his risen power. And the result is everlasting life and peace instead of condemnation and restlessness, acceptance rather than guilt, love in place of lust or hate, power to replace weakness, joy for mourning, beauty for ashes, hope for despair, courage in place of cowardice, and cleansing from all dirt and filth of spirit. Bible says “blessed are the dead...who die in the Lord.” Jesus is our life and will be our life forever. He is indispensable and He is all-sufficing. He is our joy unspeakable and full of glory. Without every other we may live, but without Him we cannot. Time is given us that we may take care for eternity.
Look up, the day of glory is soon to break upon us with its gladness and rapture, “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:17). Then shall the last tear have dimmed our eyes, and we shall see each other clothed in the unfading, incorruptible beauty of the Lord.”Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2) “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones...” (Ps. 116:15)”God himself will be with them and be their God and He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more Death” (Rev.21:4)
Let it be our prayer every dawn of the day “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. Let it be our resolution, I will seek His kingdom rather than possessions, Godliness rather than selfishness. I will seek to please God more than reputable before men; I will meditate God’s word daily, think quietly, talk gently, and act honestly. I will listen to Godly advice of saints; observe Nature and birds, babes and saints, with love and compassion. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. Finally “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world”.(James 1:27)
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
God Bless you