On the day the Lord gave the Amorites into the power of Israel, Joshua spoke to the Lord in the presence of the Israelites: “Sun, stand still at Gibeon! and Moon, at the Aijalon Valley!” The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless until a nation took revenge on its enemies. Isn’t this written in the Jashar scroll? So the sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky. For a whole day, it was in no hurry to go down. There hasn’t been a day like it before or since, when the Lord responded to a human voice. The Lord fought for Israel. Then Joshua along with all Israel came back to the camp at Gilgal. (Joshua 10:12-15, Common English Bible).
I can’t speak for you, but I have had those days where time just seems to stand still. Because I have a great deal more freedom over my schedule these days it doesn’t seem to happen very often now, but prior to my ministry days, days I was stuck in the office, sometimes with little to do, the time just crawled by. I can remember at one point during the day, one time, I really thought my watch was broken or the battery had died or something but every time I would look at my watch I thought it was the time I had seen at what had to have been two hours ago.
There are those times, even these days in ministry (perhaps I should say especially these days in ministry) I wish time would stand still, maybe not for a whole day but at least for two or three hours to give me a chance to get caught up with all the work seeming to stack up in the pile on my desk.
In the story above, God gave Joshua and the Israelites all the time they needed to accomplish the task at hand. God does the same for us. The problem is, not everything we do is something God would have us do. For the things God gives us, God will give us the time we need to accomplish the goal.
Here’s the thing. God will give us the time to accomplish God given assignments. That doesn’t mean God is going to give us the time needed to accomplish assignments from an unreasonable boss. It doesn’t mean we are going to have time to complete the honey-do list. Please understand, I am not advocating ignoring the boss or neglecting your spouse. We might find ourselves in some pretty deep trouble when we fail to do those things.
I chose the timepiece with no hands to signify God’s time. Our time and God’s time are not the same. We are stuck with 24 hour days and eight hour work days and probably, at least for most of us, the need to wear a watch around on our arm (though with cell phones some are getting away from watches, but the cell phone serves the same purpose).
It would be my guess, God probably isn’t going to stop time for the world in order for you to get something done. God’s done it once. It showed God’s power. For the rest of us, it is a matter of putting things in order according to their priority and then get to work.
I have been reading some different ideas about time management lately. These authors are saying many of us spend our time working on what is critical rather than on what is important. They say, if we do that, we need to re-evaluate our priorities.
Still, probably the best thing we can do in setting those priorities is pray. That might be a particularly good idea if God, your boss and your spouse are all asking you to do something at the same time.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Grace and Peace,
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