TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, July 21, 2017:
A system of measuring a limited period or interval of duration; a particular period.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastics 3:1.
Blessed is he that reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Revelation 1:3.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God has given us time to first come to know Him and then time to be a witness for Him in the world we live in. In the verse above from Ecclesiastics we are reminded that there is a time for every purpose under heaven.
When Jesus was looking for His disciples He was looking for men who would give their time to Him. He was asking for a life-long commitment that began by believing in Him (accepting Him as their Lord and Savior). The disciples followed Jesus wherever He went and spent day after day with Him listening to His words and learning from Him what Jesus wanted them to be and do. This is what God desires from us today.
A study taken about 10 years ago reported that the average person in America will spend 20 years (365 days --- 7,300 days and 24 hours a day -- 175,200 hours) of their life working at a job, 10 years watching television and music in their home, 6 years of eating, 7 years watching entertainment events outside of their home, 5 years dressing, 1 year on the telephone or cell phone (with all the new gadgets on the cell like texting etc. this figure would be much higher today), 1 year in church (attending and volunteering), and finally 3 years doing nothing or just waiting.
Do you notice that there is no time allotted to reading the Bible and prayer in this study. How can we expect God to protect us, bless us and guide us if we do not take time to let God communicate to us or us to communicate to God? God is never too busy for us and He always is waiting for us to give back to Him a portion of the time He has given us. Plan your time wisely and put God first in your life and in your family and you will see God working in your life. Time spent with God is never wasted time.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 95:6.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Help me to schedule my time daily to communicate with You and to be productive in serving You. Give me the leadership to guide my family and friends to serve You, communicate with You and to Love You with all their hearts, soul and mind.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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