An Extra Day

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Leap Day! Leap Year! An extra day! What would you do with an extra day?

Joshua’s prayer for an extra day is an amazing Bible account.

The prayer was a dynamic mixture of God’s determined will and mankind’s bold request. The result was a miracle.

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies…So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel,” Joshua 10:12-14.

The Lord fought for Israel and protected her against her enemies, the Amorites. The Lord was with Joshua and the troops, He even rained hail down on the enemies (Joshua 10:11). The hail killed more Amorites than the sword!

That day was special. There has been no day like it. But what was more special than the sun stilled was the prayer prayed! There has never been another day where the Lord heeded the voice of a man like that.

Joshua wanted more time, an extra day, to fulfill the Lord’s determined will. The Lord fought for Israel and Joshua fought for the Lord. It’s exciting to see that when the Lord reveals His will, and His people are eager to obey, the only thing yet required is the time to do it. And God supplies the time!

For New Testament Christians, the apostles teach us to consider each day as time God has given to serve Him. Time is a valuable and limited resource. “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is,” Ephesians 5:15-17.

It’s safe to say that Joshua understood what the will of the Lord was in his day (Joshua 10:8).

So, it’s not beyond Christians to understand what the will of the Lord is either. The Scriptures teach us (2 Timothy 3:16-17). What remains for us to attain is an attitude of faith like Joshua. An attitude that says, “I will spend today serving God. I will not procrastinate but I will ask God to give me all the time necessary to accomplish His will. And if I get another day – even an extra day – I will use it in the same way: for the glory of God.”

Make the most of your leap day, make the most of every day!

By Andrew Roberts

How to Make Good Use of our Time

              What is time? Time is one of the most valuable things we possess. It is a precious, fleeting commodity that must be used with wisdom. Each day we are blessed with 24 hours to do whatever we choose. That is 86,400 seconds! This means that unless we die, we are all given the same amount of time. But what are we doing with that allotted time?

            The Bible certainly speaks of the need we have to use our time wisely. In fact, Paul says we need to be constantly “redeeming the time” (Ephesians 5:16). The word rendered “redeeming” implies that we must rescue our time from waste; we must use the time God gives us to accomplish important things. Unfortunately, we live in a world that constantly tempts us with bad ways to use our time. This is one of Satan’s tactics to draw us away from God. But, thankfully, through the Bible we learn of good and wise ways to use our time.

Here are some practical ways to make good use of our time.

  1. Make time to spend quiet moments with God. This means making time to do two things. First, it means making time to allow God to communicate with you through His word. It doesn’t matter if it first thing in the morning, on our lunch break, before we do our homework, or go to bed, we need to never neglect carving out a few minutes to read God’s word. The Bible is God’s final and complete revelation to mankind (Jude 3). Through the Bible God tells us about His love, nature, and how to live in such a way that will bring Him glory (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3; John 3:16). Second, it also means we will communicate with God through prayer. God talks to us through His word, but we talk to Him through prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Like many of us today, Jesus was also very busy in His life (Matthew 4:23-25). And yet, despite His extremely busy schedule, He always made time for prayer (Matthew 26:36; Mark 6:46; Luke 6:12). Through prayer we are able to pour our hearts out to God, express thanksgiving, and demonstrate our total dependence upon God (1 Peter 5:6-7; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2). We can’t expect to have a healthy relationship with God if we don’t communicate with Him.
  2. Make time to invest in our children’s spiritual future. Our children are great blessings from God (Psalm 127:1-5). In return God expects us to do all we can to train and equip them in His ways (Ephesians 6:4). How can we accomplish this? By making time each day to do spiritual things with them. By carving out time to pray, read scripture, and discuss practical ways in which they can make good choices in their lives. So often, we can become so consumed in raising the next Lebron James or Peyton Manning that we neglect do our best to raise the next faithful Christian! Let’s not waste the limited time we have now to influence our children to serve God and go to heaven.
  1. Make time to serve others. So often, we can become absorbed in our wants and needs. We fail to take advantage of the multiple opportunities we have in a 24 hour period to make the lives of others better. It could be practicing hospitality, visiting an elderly person in the nursing home, sending a family member an encouraging text message, or offering an open ear to a friend who is discouraged. We can never go wrong when we make time to help others. In fact, Jesus says that a life dedicated to service leads to greatness in the eyes of God (Mark 10:42-45).
  1. Make time to get right with God. In the book of Acts we find people making time to obey the gospel through belief in Jesus, repentance, and baptism. The 3,000 on Pentecost, Cornelius, Lydia, and the Philippian jailer are great examples of this (Acts 2:36-37; 10:47-48; 16:14-15, 25-34). So often people can easily put off getting right with God to another time. That is never a good thing! Paul says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

What will we do with the time we have been blessed with today? Will we redeem and make the most of it? Or, will we squander and blow opportunities to do important things that will please God?

Today will never come again. The clock is ticking. The choice is ours.

By Shawn Jeffries