Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sister Tarpley: The God of Time

Deven Tarpley, Sister Tarpley’s grandson from Georgia on his way to school for the new school year 2019-2020

By: Sister Tarpley, NDG Religion Editor

“For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him,” (Ecclesiastes 8:6).

How we use our time is a good indicator of the “god” we choose to serve.  There is a “god” whose name is “the urgent” that can rule our lives if we are not diligent.  The wrong use of time can lead to misery. The right use of time can result in fulfillment.

You need to take the time to turn to God.  Do not pray only when you have set aside time to do.  The busier you are, the more you must practice turning to God.  If you wait until the time is convenient, there is little doubt that you will end up spending little time with God.

“Try to come before God both in the morning and the evening.  Pray during and between all your other jobs as much as you can.  You cannot retire too much from the mindless chatter of the world.

Learn to steal this time in little snatches, and you will find these moments the most precious part of your day,” said Francois de Fenelon, a sixteenth-century Christian leader.

The amount of time we spend with anyone or any activity is a good indicator of the value we place on that person or activity.  Time equates to money for some.  For others, it can be a cruel dictator.  It is the physical evidence of what is at the center of our lives.

People can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the lack of available time, but the will to set a priority for the time they have.  Time can be the evidence that convicts our soul that our devotion has waned.

What does the evidence of time tell you about yourself?  Today, give God the time needed to develop a relationship that is meaningful for both of you.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  Thank God that Jesus Saves!  Thank God for His gift of eternal life!  God’s love and passion is shown in that act of redemption.  “For He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Ask God to forgive America for being sinful and having that sin nature.  Thank God that Jesus came to redeemed us and for us to have a relationship and renewed fellowship with Him.

Thank God for making a way for us to become righteous in His sight.  Praise and honor God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, our motivator and seal of redemption in the Name of Jesus.


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