Sunday, March 19, 2017

Too Busy to Make Time for God's Word?




Modern society demands much of our daily allotted time; it seems like there’s never enough time available to do the things we plan. Is that true? There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 43,334 minutes in the average month. We can schedule our days and make plans for the week, but we can’t predict what will happen just one minute from now. Perhaps time isn’t the issue. 

Instead, it’s how we occupy time and prioritize our lives. Scripture reveals, There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). That includes the study of God’s Word.

Many Christians make time to read – biographies of notable theologians, commentaries, and texts about the Bible – but don’t spend time reading the Bible itself. No book ever written about God’s Word will ever take the place of reading God’s Word itself. 

Making time to read the Bible must start at once if one is to build a strong foundation of faith. Some believers are inclined to postpone their time in God’s Words until a later date, but the Scriptures warn Christians against having that mindset: “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). 

Time management is making the time to carry out priorities; Christians increase the urgency of this by realizing we can’t predict what will happen just one minute from now. If we spend 30-minutes each day in God’s Word, we make our faith stronger and show God we understand He is the priority. 

God sees when we understand that: “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). 

Dedicated Christians always make time for God’s Word.  It's a hallmark of an unshakable Christian faith.

Seven times a day I praise You,
because of Your righteous ordinances.

~ Psalm 119:164 ~

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Michael I. Kaplan lectures regularly to faith-based organizations on the topics of apologetics (reasoned arguments or writings in justification of theological doctrine), biblical studies and spiritual warfare.

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