In a 2018 study, American adults spent more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media. Think of how the influence of sitcoms, social apps, and sexual propaganda affect a person’s mind. How do these influence God’s expectations of marriage or the Christian life? How often do parents worry about “screen time” with children, and yet forget the lost facetime with their spouse. How does this time spent compare to time spent with Jesus?
Psalm ninety was written by Moses when he was an old man near the end of the forty years wandering in the wilderness. Imagine how he felt about wasting time! Yet, in his patience he encouraged the Children of Israel to count the days of their short lives here on this sinful earth. He warned them of spending their time unwisely on the distractions and cares of this world. He pointed them to the fear of the LORD and wisely preparing for His coming to lift us (“fly away”) from this world to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Our Lord God gives us our limited time here on earth as a gift. You, me, and all the world are guilty for spending the time He’s gifted to us indulging in sin and avoiding His wise council. And yet we find the mercy of Christ who spent His time here on earth, sacrificially to serve us with our redemption and forgiveness of our wanton waste of His time given to us. We find comfort in the time He always eagerly desires to spend with us in His Word, learning and growing in His love and divine wisdom. We can count the time spent with Jesus, in His house on weekends and in our homes each day, as time wisely spent!