YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE TIME

WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL

OCTOBER 31, 2020

TOPIC: YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE TIME

BY T. O. BANSO

“But this I say, brethren, the time is short (1 Corinthians 7:29a New King James Version).

It amazes me how many people live their lives as if they have all the time in the world to do whatever they want to do. Imagine youths wasting their lives on meaningless frivolities, worthless amusement, and sinful indulgences deceived by Satan’s lie instead of sitting down to discover and pursue God’s purpose for their lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Verses 2-8 tell us a time for different things. Everything is not done at the same time. We have different times for different things. Therefore, you don’t have all the time to do a certain thing.  Each thing must be done at the right time. You can’t afford to waste time.

Nobody can be youth forever. The question he will be asked later is: What did you do with your youth? Make hay while the sun shines. Unfortunately, there are some older people, too, who also live their lives wasting their time at present. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (New King James Version). The New Living Translation renders it thus: “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

The apostle Paul also talks about making the most of the time. “So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:15-18 New Living Translation).

You don’t have all the time. Ecclesiastes 8:6 says for every matter there is a time and judgment. You have only twenty-four hours in a day and a limited number of years to live on earth. You don’t have time for everything. Therefore, you must discover your life’s purpose, be clear about your vision, get your priorities right, set your goals, and determine and execute the strategies to achieve them. Nobody gets younger!

You don’t have enough time to dabble into everything.  Whether you use your time well or not, the clock is ticking, and very soon you’ll say how time flies! You have to do the right things now for time waits for nobody. You don’t have all the time.

Look at the children born just some years back. Don’t you see these babies of ‘yesterday’ now becoming mothers and fathers and their parents becoming grandmas and grandpas? Yet somebody is living his life as if he has all the time.

You can’t afford to waste your time on irrelevant things. Very soon, there are things you’re doing now that you won’t have the strength for again. A time will come when you’ll wish to do certain things but you won’t be able to do them. At that time, you’ll either regret or feel fulfilled. The memory of the right things you did in the past will refresh and comfort you when you can’t do them again.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 warns that the difficult days are coming. This is when you grow old and no longer enjoy living; the light of the sun and moon and stars is dim to your old eyes, and there is no silver lining left among the clouds.  

Verses 3-5 of Ecclesiastes 12 say, “Your limbs will tremble with age, and your strong legs will grow weak; your teeth will be too few to do their work, and you will be blind, too. And when your teeth are gone, keep your lips tightly closed when you eat! Even the chirping of birds will wake you up. But you yourself will be deaf and tuneless, with a quavering voice. You will be afraid of heights and of falling, white-haired and withered, dragging along without any sexual desire. You will be standing at death’s door. And as you near your everlasting home, the mourners will walk along the streets” (New Living Translation).

Friend, you don’t have all the time to repent of your sins and obey God. A time will come when there will be no time!  The LORD says in Joel 2:12-13,  “Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning” (New Living Translation).

Today is the day of salvation, ­not tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2). You don’t have all the time to be born again or answer the call of God upon your life.

Listen to what Wisdom says: “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:28-33 New King James Version).

You don’t have all the time to train your children. They will only live with you for some time. That’s why you must pay attention to Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version). Do it now, so that you don’t cry tomorrow. Unfortunately, it’s late for some parents already. The children are now adults and have gone the wrong way. Such parents can only pray now for God’s mercy.

Couples must know that they don’t have all the time to reconcile with each other. They must end their prolonged quarrels now before their marriages break down irredeemably. Forgive. Paul, writing to the Corinthian church, says, “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 New King James Version). Don’t let Satan take advantage of you.

You don’t have all the time to put your house in order. You don’t have all the time to organize your life, work, or other business properly. Do what you’ve got to do now before it’s too late. “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 New Living Translation). Stop procrastination. Time and tide wait for no man. You don’t have all the time.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to do the right thing at the right time. In the name of Jesus, I shall not live as fools but as the wise. I shall make the most of every opportunity to do the right thing and not waste my opportunities. I shall not act thoughtlessly but act based on the understanding of what the LORD wants me to do.

(For over 300 in-depth and powerful messages by T.O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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