Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, October 3, 2020

Theme: MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY.

Text: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17.

Comment: Today’s text considers time as a valuable resource that we have to manage well. The Scriptures seriously stress the brevity of life, likening it to grass, or flowers that fade or a tale that is told. (Job 14:1,2).  Our time should be well managed with each moment used wisely for God and not wasted. Time, as some say, is the most precious resource from God Almighty. As Christians, we are to manage our time well, having the knowledge that everything is just for a while and that there is time for everything, (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)  We are advised in Colossians 4:5 to make the best use of our time.

In managing our time, we should seek first after the things of God, as He will make other things to fall in place for us. (Matthew 6:33) We should plan our schedule well to maintain a good work-life balance, being wise as serpents and harmless as doves. In the days of Nehemiah, the Governor of Judah, the people had to multitask themselves, combining the roles of builders, soldiers, guards, informants and so on, to protect themselves from attack by their enemies who wanted to stop the work. The Scripture states: “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.” – Nehemiah 4:17.