Throughout scripture, we are taught that time is valuable and a blessing from God. However, knowing that it is a blessing is not the same as knowing how to use it. Learning how to use time wisely comes with knowing why such a blessing is given in the first place. At this time, there is no doubt that people have more of it to use. Not because there is more of it to go around but rather because of the absence of so many time-consuming activities.
Dan Ariely in his book ‘Predictably Irrational’ demonstrates how people have come to believe that time is free, by pointing out those who will wait in a line for 45 minutes to get free ice cream. Or those who go to a historic attraction when it has free entry, only to find that much of their day is taken up with standing in queues, because so many people have responded to the idea of free entry. As if the time they spend doesn’t have any value.
The coronavirus has provided lots of space in the time we have each day, and at the same time there is not enough of it in each day to provide all the medical care needed, we then continue to pray for those who work in the NHS and other medical services in particular. This alone is an important reminder of the value of time. As we think about time properly, we can think about those who consider it to be independent of God’s will ‘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.”
God’s mercies are new every morning and our account as it were, has been credited with another 24 hours unless our life is taken within that time. We assumed the day before that all of tomorrow would be ours, but none of us could be sure. When we think about time as a blessing and remember that it’s not independent of the will of God, we then will begin to appreciate the value of it.