Taking Advantage

“To one who orders his way rightly
    I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:4

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” Colossians 4:5

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15

The grumble and vibration of thunder were my first waking realization, and upon opening my eyes, lightning lit the dark like a flare before dawn. A steady, noisy rain pock-marks the water’s surface in constant, quivering dimples. How should I change my morning plans? What will this day now hold? First, I must worship, and in the sanctuary, consult my King. The Potentate of time knows this disruption; in fact, He ordains all in the heavens and on earth to perform His bidding. If I take time with Him first, listening to His word and entrusting Him with my moments and hours, He will lead my mind by His Spirit, give understanding, and direct the way I should go. (Psalm 32:8; 50:1; Proverbs 3:5-6)

Often our agendas are altered by events great or small– a turn of nature, a human cancellation, a change of ability due to unforeseen circumstances. Do we bristle with impatience, frustration, or anger at the ruin of our plans, or look to take advantage of opportunities that had not before been considered? Does irritation render us wasteful complainers, or will we choose thankfulness and trust the Lord to redirect the stewardship of our hours?

To whom might I reach out, by call, note, or visit? What could I do with open time that has needed doing and been neglected? Where am I needed or could I be a blessing indoors instead of out and about? What new facets of my God do I see in His superintendence of every detail, including the sanctification of my character?

My Lord, please set Your order to my every day. May my agenda be Yours, for the interior and exterior of my life, that I accomplish Your will. May I take full advantage of every interruption and opportunity You place before me, for the upbuilding of others and the furthering of Your kingdom purposes and glory. (John 17:4)

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