"I never have time to read my Bible or pray."
There is never enough time. You know it and I know it. And the older we get, the faster the time seems to go. It might have something to do with the fact that once we're over the hill, we pick up speed going downhill. My dad warned me about this. He was retired for over thirty years, and he kept saying that his days never lasted long enough to get done all he planned each day.
It could be, though, that we let other less important things take up time in our lives, like watching too much television. I noticed that recently when I had my to-do list in front of me and the television was on with no one at the controls. I thought someone should be. So I picked up the remote and proceeded to sit down just to catch the end of one program. That led to another and another and … you get the picture. You might even have seen yourself in that picture.
Then there is that wonderful pastime of reading. I know someone who gets so enthralled in a book that she goes to bed after she turns the last page at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. "But it's so good I can't put it down." Wouldn't it be something to hear of someone doing that as they read their Bible?
Our Bible is full of stories about relationships between the God we worship and the people who tried to get closer and closer to Him. The Bible's stories are all about real people in real life situations like ours, and the Bible's advice applies to us today:
Ephesians 5:15-16 – Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV)
Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)
We do have enough time each day to take care of all the things we have to do. I believe our problem is found in setting priorities. We always have time to do the things that are important for us, like working on hobbies, gardening, washing the car, or just going for a long, relaxing walk.
There is time. There is even time for God — time to turn off the television, close the book, and stop any number of other things that invade our life and lifestyle. When God is our priority, there is plenty of time for Him as well.
Something to think about.
Prayer: Lord God, give us a heart of wisdom, that we may understand that the times in which we live are evil and that we may know what Your will is and what You would have us do about that. Amen.