Sacred Heart Statue - Philippines, 1944

Making The Most Of Time

Written by David H. Roper, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI.  Used by permission.  Further distribution is not allowed       
without permission from RBC.                                                                                         

. . . redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
                                                       - Ephesians 5:16

We tend to read Ephesians 5:16 as if Paul is calling believers to action because the days are short, but that's not what he meant.  He said we are to make the most of time "because the days are evil."
     Evil days are days of opportunity.  The more evil our culture becomes, the more opportunities there will be to show and share our faith.
     God controls human history-permitting the rise of nations, determining their geographical boundaries, and orchestrating their fall-so that men and women will "seek the Lord"  (Acts 17:26-27).  History is "His story" of providing salvation for a lost world and pointing people to the Lord.  Even the forces of evil are used in such a way that "all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone" (Isaiah 37:20).
     God may hold back His judgment for a time, allowing evil tyrants to have their day, upsetting people's well-ordered lives, presenting them with dilemmas beyond their understanding.  Evil brings pain, but it is the genius of God to bring good out of evil (Romans 8:28).
     Evil times, therefore, are not to be feared.  They are times of unparalleled opportunity.  That's why we must make the most of them.

Lord, help us to redeem the time
You give us every day,
To take each opportunity
To follow and obey.  -Sper



GOD CAN TURN ANY DIFFICULTY INTO AN OPPORTUNITY.

 


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Photograph courtesy of the National Archives, Still Picture Branch.  Control Number  NWDNS-26-G-3577.  Title:  Still standing in the rubble of a church in the war-blasted town of Dulag, a statue of the sacred heart appears to gaze in quiet sorrow on the destruction wrought by battle's fury seething over Leyte Island.  Philippines, 1944.  Creating organization, United States Coast Guard.     The National Archives - http://www.nara.gov/

Making The Most Of Time, written by David H. Roper.  Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI.  Used by permission.  Further distribution  is not allowed without permission from RBC.
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