Time and Space
23 October 2017
Reading: Job 11; Acts 17-18
26 Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living 27 so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. (Acts 17:26-27 MSG)
Paul had an opportunity to stand on the speaker’s platform at the Areopagus in Athens and, using a reference to their shrine to “The God Nobody Knows,” he told them first about the Creator God and then about his son Jesus Christ.
When I got to one statement in Paul’s message, I was captured by this thought: I began thinking about the fact that God made us, made the hospitable world we live in, and gave us “plenty of time and space for living.”
I know that some people have more physical space than others. Some of us (like me) live in places like the wide-open high desert of Central Oregon and some live in crowded, urban, inner cities. Some people seem to have more time than others. Even though we all have twenty-four hours in our day, some people have so much to do just to fulfill their responsibilities that it seems as if they have less time.
Paul had to work alongside Aquila and Priscilla making tents in Corinth, until Silas and Timothy arrived and got jobs. Then with their support, he was able to give all his time to preaching and teaching. There are circumstances and seasons that affect available time and space.
The point is, God has given you and me plenty of time and space for living so we can seek after him. It’s our responsibility in every season and circumstance of life to make sure that we’re wisely using our time and space for the reason for which he created us. But even if we have very little discretionary time and space, we’re created for his purpose – to seek after him and his will for our lives. How are you doing with your time and space?
Father, Please help my friends and me to live wisely and well and to use our time and space for the purpose you created us for and called us to. Thanks for the gift of time and space for living. Amen.