How Much Longer?
Main Scripture: Psalm 31:14-15
The question we ask so many times…… “How much longer until we get there?”,”How much longer until someone is healed?’, “How much longer until school is out?” or right now “How much much longer until this ‘quarantine’ is over?”
But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.
I want to focus on a word that is all so familiar to us, it is the word ‘time’. We are all constricted by time. If we aren’t careful in our lives, we can let time consume us. Think about your schedule, you usually wake up at a certain time, eat meals at a certain time and go to bed around a certain time. But how often do we run out of time for God?
I can remember finding myself in middle school ‘running out of time’ for God, trying to fill the gaps in my life with other things and not stopping and making time to spend with Him. It was a vicious cycle, I didn’t take advantage of the time that I had to spend it with God. Finally God convicted me of this and I then longed to spend time with Him in His word.
There are 8784 hours in the year 2020. That sounds like a lot, but ultimately it’s not much time at all. On average we sleep around 2920 of those hours, then you add school, family, choir, sports… the list could go on. We start to consume ourselves with time, wanting time to go by faster. Right now, we might be waiting and wishing the quarantine would be over so that we can go back to normal life.
But in Psalm 31 we see that we are to put our trust in God and know that our time and even our schedules are in His hands. We know that on this earth we will always be controlled by time but God doesn’t have this reality. He wants us to find comfort in Him and rest in His ultimate timing. Yes, there is earthly time but God’s time has no limits.
I think we can all agree that asking ourselves “How Much Longer?” can be something we do much too often, but I challenge you that when this thought comes to your mind in any situation take a few minutes to pray. As human beings we often want to change things that are out of our control. God is the ultimate master of time and if you are a Christian you have a personal relationship with Him, who is in control of everything.
Today I pray that you are able to rest in the knowledge that God has no time limits and that he understands our struggles and still loves us with an everlasting love.
Love and Blessings,
Ms. Hannah McGill
Transformed Student Ministry