“This is the day the LORD has made.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJ)
“Time is free, but it’s priceless.
You can’t own it, but you can use it.
You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.
Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
Time is something all living creatures share. It is both illusive yet well within our control. One writer said that the way we spend our time defines who we are. Solomon stated that it is “time and chance” that makes the playing field level for all men (Eccl. 9:11-12). What do you do with your time? Are you using it to your best advantage or are you a victim caught in time’s swift movement? “Don’t Squander the Day” will begin a new series entitled “Redeeming the Time.” It is our hope that this WordBytes series will help you revisit how you think about time.
As I woke this morning, the Lord gave me this instruction, “Don’t squander the day!” What did God mean by that? I knew He saw my appointments for today and my “things to do” list. I had carefully prioritized them so that nothing would fall through the crack. To squander means to spend or use something wastefully. There are many things I do with my day but I felt squandering was not one of them. After presenting my defense, the Lord patiently began to share His heart with me.
“Don’t squander the day by…”
Rushing to do the routine rather than enjoying the uniqueness of the day. We are so busy planning our next hour or day that we fail to live in the moment—in the very present now. The rich fool spent his time in the routine of planting and it yielded a reward of “plenty”. So he began plans to erect new barns “to store all his crops and goods” not knowing that his soul would be required of him that very night (Luke 12:13-21). He didn’t live to enjoy the uniqueness of the day. The rich man squandered the day.
Pondering over past hurts and offenses. There is little to be gained in such activities and definitely nothing that can be useful in accomplishing God’s purpose for our lives. The brother of the prodigal son was offended and jealous of the attention his brother received—the attention, he felt, should have been his (Luke 16:25-32). The father expressed love and appreciation for the faithfulness of the son who remained with him but the brother chose to “cling” to his anger. He was offended and “would not come in.” The brother of the prodigal squandered the day.
Instead of “squandering the day”, spend time with Abba Father…
Asking, listening, and reflecting. Think about the possibilities of your life; not rehashing what could or should have been. Playfully create new scenarios for your life with the Creator of the universe versus replaying old tapes. With God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37).
Watching. We spend great efforts attempting to “make things happen” rather than observing the work God is doing around us. He invites us to watch Him at work in the lives of individual believers and the Church to accomplish His purpose through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ep. 4:4-5).
Squandering the day expresses the failure to see the work of God in this present moment. It is a failure on our part to see His hand on every person and in every circumstance that He allows in our life. “Don’t squander the day” is not a flippant directive but acknowledgment that God is present in our circumstances and working all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28). It results in our witness to both the goodness and the greatness of the Lord. Let us therefore confess and declare our confidence in His love and in His faithfulness. This is the day the LORD has made…DON’T SQUANDER IT!
SELAH: Read and then meditate on Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you may be squandering your day. Then spend time with Jesus asking, listening, reflecting and watching. Record in your journal what you experience.