DayBreaks for 10/26/11 – He Doesn’t Wear a Watch

DayBreaks for 10/26/11 – He Doesn’t Wear a Watch

It's about time...and devotion.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. – Ecclesiastes 7:8

How many clocks do you have in your home?  Do you wear a watch?  Are you, like me, the proud owner of iPad, smart phone or other device(s) so you can keep your life’s schedule organized?  I’m afraid that we have an abundance of clocks and watches in our home.  I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.  Consider this writing from Calvin Miller in his book, Into the Depths With God:

“Time may be either the friend or the enemy of our surrender to Christ.  The Chinese sage summed up our clockish biographies in three words: hurry, worry, bury.  How often this trinity of words describes our surface churchmanship.  Church is so often the busiest of all madness.  We run from meeting to service and back again.  Exhausted by our frantic externalness, we collapse in bed at night, and for what?  Does our hurried religiosity cause us to lift up our eyes to our King?  Have we looked upon our small performance with spurious pride?  Have we signed over our small prayers and been satisfied?  All the while we know – deep in our hearts – there must be some deeper, more meaningful way to live for Christ.

“When we sum up our large professions and our little faith, we know we need to confess our spastic obedience to time.  ‘Lord Jesus, forgive us our hurry.  Help us to remember that across from hurry, worry, bury stands a loftier trio of words: cling, linger, and savor…Hurried Christians beget hurried disciples.  Hurried disciples become a hurried church – a hassled fellowship of disciples who serve the clock and call it God…Time itself must be surrendered to the pursuit of the depths of God.  God does not wear a watch.

I believe that one of the best things about heaven will be the lack of time as we know it.  Can you imagine not having to run off to some activity and instead finding yourself to be able to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and listen to him speak?  Can you imagine being able to sit for eons and listen to the heavenly choir sing and not to have to worry about getting up to go somewhere and do something?

God doesn’t wear a watch and part of what we have to give to Him is our time.  You cannot develop a deep relationship with God without the investment of time.  Perhaps there is no greater gift that we can give Him than the time that He has blessed us with.

PRAYER: Slow us down, Lord.  Let us give you not just the best of our praise and worship, but the first portion of our time as well!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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