E-votional - Time
February 2 - 8, 2004


“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

psalm 46:10 (NRSV)


Measured and guarded, yet impossible to control or steal, time is something we feebly try to claim for our own life. Seconds can make the difference between making a light or being stuck in the middle of traffic, making a meeting or entering awkwardly after it has already begun. At home it can mean the difference between having a child laughing of crying. Time now controls us. Challenged with faster download times, calculators, computers, TiVo and DVD's allow us to do more with less time. Somehow, we do not have more time. Family responsibilities, extra-curricular activities, hobbies and service responsibilities eat up more and more time. The stress of needing to do more because we can is stifling. We find our strength and awareness diminishing. Even today you may struggle to find time for God. Time for God?! Yes... Him too. Could it be with everything going on in our life we have lost touch with life, with living, with being?

Hear the Good News, God does so much in our life, we must stop to see, smell, taste, touch and hear Him. In our haste to suck the marrow out of life, we have lost touch of his activity in our life. As we attempt to take control over our life, we gather all we can, holding it close, hoping to stay in control, when the truth is we never had it to begin with. When things go wrong, we lose hope and do not understand. God is the one in control and He is the one doing the gathering. The Bible says, "God is our protection and strength. He always helps in times of trouble.” Time is not ours, it is God's, so let us give our stressful need for control to God and be freed to be amazed at all God does and will continue to do in our life


   Gracious God, You are my strength and refuge, thank You. Please help me to let go of all that holds me back from You. Thank You for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I come to You through Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Savior! Amen.

Grace & Peace

David Banks
Jewett United Methodist Church
PO Box 254
Jewett, TX 75846
(903) 626-4003


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