Thursday, September 7, 2017
Ecclesiastes 3:1: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
We know that we have time for everything that we need, and want, to get done. After all, the Bible passage tells us so. So if there is time for everything, does that mean we can sit back and wait to do something? Does that mean there are certain things we can set aside because something else becomes "more fun?" After all, there is "a time for every matter under heaven." What happens to something that should be done gets put aside for something else? For the most part, it doesn't get down. That is a form of procrastination.
This passage is used as an excuse, or a rationalization, many times to put something that needs to be done aside. For example, you have a report from a meeting that needs to get done by Friday. Today is Tuesday. So you put off doing the report today because you think you have "time." So you start to do others things that are more enjoyable to do than a report. All of a sudden, you think, Friday morning is here and the report isn't even started. Now you're scrambling because you chose to do other things than the report. So the report is hurried and rushed and not so good and everything else isn't getting done that needs to.
Here's the deal. Friday didn't come up all of a sudden. It was coming up and you knew it. You procrastinated doing the report because you thought that you had "plenty of time." And you didn't.
Our verse says that we have time to do all the things that we need and want to do. So we need to manage our time better in order to do what needs to be done "in time." And we can take an example of how to manage our time that we have. Even before God created time, He had planned what was going to happen when Adam and Eve sinned. God had it all timed out. God announced that salvation was coming, after Adam and Eve sinned and plunged all of us into sin. And according to His timing and plan Jesus, God and man combined, came to earth to bring that salvation to completion. God did not procrastinate. At just the right time, Jesus came and fulfilled all of God's Law, sacrificed Himself to forgive sins, and rose to life to promise a new life here and forever. God got it done when it was supposed to be done.
So when things need to be done, do them. You have the time right now. God, lead us to use Your time wisely and in accordance with Your will, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.