Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:16 )~~ God had it all figured out and planned out for us before the beginning began. His plan intends that there are twenty-four hours in every day. We wish for more and in fact we often act as if there were more: stay at work a little longer; stay up a little later, cram a bit more in. No matter what we do, though . . . still there remains only twenty-four hours! God set the length and no matter how we wish or try, we cannot change it. He’s also set the absolute number of those twenty-four-hour days each of us will ever get. We often act, though, as if that too weren’t settled, as if we could do something that our earthly days might stretch on forever. They won’t! We can’t add not one more day to what He has allocated us. “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass” (Job 14:5). Our time is scarce— it’s limited and there’s less than we’d like. How we allocate it, therefore, how we run our calendars, how we live out or days matters. If we’re not intentional, external factors will govern the allocation: things that are more urgent will claim top priority. The problem is, urgent things aren’t always important things. In fact, many unimportant things become urgent if we let them. For instance, we sign up for something, maybe simply because someone asked us to or because everyone else is signing up, and its demands escalate and it begins to take too much time. This happens and we default into calendars that don’t reflect our true priorities. We end up with our days filled, but filled with the wrong things. Are you living your life to its fullest or are you wasting those precious days, with fewer and fewer available and no way to ever recover what is lost? What’s most important to you? Most important to God?
Now, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us (Heb 12:1) and make the most of the time God has allocated us!