We have gathered several of the better daily devotionals on this page to aid your Quiet Time with the Lord. We also recommend:
- Our Daily Bread - excellent illustrations and practical applications
- Puritan's Valley of Vision - pithy and poignant!
- Global Prayer Digest for the world's unreached people groups
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Are you Redeeming the Time, the "time of your life?"
Before reading on, pause and make a list of the things you value most in life. Undoubtedly God, Jesus, family, etc are at the top of your list. But did you list "TIME?"
Ephesians 5:15-16-note has been called the Bible's key to TIME MANAGEMENT. In these passages Paul commands all believers
Therefore (because we have been awakened from spiritual stupor and spiritual death and have the light of Christ - Eph 5:14-note) BE CAREFUL how you walk, not as unwise men ("fools"), but as wise, REDEEMING (making the most of) THE TIME, because (explains why we must redeem the time) the days are evil (Corollary: The evil of our day should motivate us to redeem the time)." (Eph 5:16-note)
Paul uses three Greek words or phrases that are very instructive, the first being the command to "be careful (present imperative = command to make this vigilant attitude our lifestyle) how you walk." The idea is we as believers are commanded to continually take heed, be alert, be vigilant, to discern with Spirit enabled vision. This command which calls for us to continually live our life wisely and continually dependent on and filled with or controlled by the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18).
C H Spurgeon paraphrases Ephesians 5:16
"See then that ye walk circumspectly (being careful to consider all circumstances and all potential consequences; prudent), not carelessly, not thinking that it is of no importance how you live; but looking all round you, “walk circumspectly,” watching lest even in seeking one good thing you spoil another."
In other words, if we are "careful how we walk, not as unwise men but as wise" (Eph 5:15), we will be careful not to let the good steal God's best!
Charles Hummel wrote that our "greatest danger is letting the urgent (secular) things crowd out the important (divine things)." (See 7 page article on Tyranny of the Urgent) Our problem is that too often we live by life's demands, instead of by God's priorities.
Remember that life is too SHORT for us to do everything WE WANT to do,
but it is LONG enough for us to do everything GOD WANTS to do!
The second word is REDEEM (Eph 5:16-note) is the Greek word exagorazo which literally means to "buy out of the market place." Redeem is in the present tense which calls for this to be our lifestyle, our daily practice (cf Php 2:12b-note), something only possible as we learn to continually surrender to and lean fully on the enabling power of the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18-note; cf Php 2:13NLT-note). The picture is of a merchant who diligently seeks to buy up the best bargains in the market place, taking care not to miss the fleeting opportunities! We are to make it our daily, moment by moment practice, to "buy up" for ourselves (to our eternal advantage cf Jn 15:16NLT) the strategic opportunities which God providentially places in our path. If we are walking wisely (Eph 5:15-note), filled with God's Spirit (Eph 5:18-note), we will be spiritually alert to those divine opportunities in the "marketplace", and will begin to view people and circumstances not just as encounters (or irritations) in time but as opportunities to impact eternity (read 2Cor 4:18-note).
Each new day brings us 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86,000 seconds, each moment a precious gift from God (Jas 1:17-note), each calling for us to be good stewards, mindful that one day we must give an account for how we spent the time God loaned us, how effectively we "bought up" the opportunities He provided. If someone gave us $1440 each day and said spend it or lose it, how diligent would we be to comply? Yesterday is but a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is all of the cash that you have. Spend it wisely. As someone has well said
I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it;
forced upon me; can't refuse it;
didn't seek it, didn't chose it.
But it's up to me just how I use it.
I must suffer if I lose it, give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.
A survey asked "What do you have to live for?" to which 94% answered they were just enduring today and living for tomorrow. That is living unwisely (Eph 5:15). Too many people miss today because they are worrying about tomorrow (Read Jesus' advice Mt 6:34-note). Worry does not make us ready but unready to redeem the time. As Adrian Rogers said "We face the future out of breath, because we have been fighting tomorrow's battles today!"
Now if you are still not convinced that you must redeem the time for the time is short, then watch Francis Chan's "ROPE ILLUSTRATION" which poignantly makes the point!
Previous Questions of the Week:
Read that third line again and ponder how the various actions and attitudes are interrelated. If a blind saint can have this Godward "eyesight", how much more should those of us who can see the majestic mountains, the glorious sunsets, the countless stars, etc?
These devotionals are provided to encourage your daily devotional time reading the "pure milk of the Word" (1 Peter 2:2+) and are not meant to replace your personal time reading God's "Word of Life" (Philippians 2:16+) and "Word of Truth, the Gospel." (Colossians 1:5+) Our prayer is that you might daily...
Let the word of Christ richly dwell+ within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16+)
For the devotionals below the default is today's date, but you can change the date if you like: