"You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is
as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath."
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble."
March 30, 2004
A Commentary by
Max R. Tyner, Pastor
Good Shepherd Evangelical Church
Each day life brings with it new trials and disappointments. Some days it seems that absolutely nothing goes right and we wonder what is happening. It is often, at such times, that we cry out to God and ask why he doesn't seem to care. Where is he? Why isn't he around when we need him?
Is it not possible that we have caused these feelings of frustration and despair ourselves. How often has God called us to do something for him and we have said no. We were too busy. There was so much to do and this just wasn't the right time to do what he was wanting of us. Afterall, we have our own schedules and God came around asking us to something that didn't fit into it. Besides, we weren't the only one who could do it; surely God could find someone else that was more capable and had the time. Isn't it amazing how many excuses we can come up with when we don't want to do something?
When we think about it a little, though, how quickly we will do something for a friend or a family member when they ask us. Often times, if asked by a complete stranger to do something for them, we will , if it does not inconvenience us too much.. Yet, when God asks us to do something for him, we find it so easy to say NO! How quickly we forget that our relationship with God is the most important thing in life not the acquisition of physical things or personal enjoyment. . When our schedules become so heavy and we feel overburdened, we start cutting back. Tragically, our time with and for God is usually the first place we cut. Making a living, paying bills, attending business and social events are not the point of life. God is!
The words of an old hymn are so meaningful at such times: "Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord!" That just may be the answer to our problems today when we become so occupied with worldly activities. Maybe we just need to get "unbusy" and spend more time with God.
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