5th July 2016

Nothing To Do 

“How long will you speak these things, and the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?”
Job 8:2 (NKJV UK) 

It was a rare day when I had nothing planned. So I thought I’d sort out my email inbox. 356 messages soon came down to 123, but then the telephone rang; a church member asking a tricky question. Just over an hour later the call ended.

Next, I had some washing to do. I got the clothes into the machine, but then the doorbell rang. It was my next-door neighbour. Half an hour later I was able finally to start the machine.

I thought I might watch the snooker final on television. I had just settled into an armchair with a steaming mug of tea when the telephone rang again. This time it was a member asking about a meeting later in the week. He rang off just in time for me to see the very end of the final frame and finish my cold cup of tea.

I had some editorial material to write for one of our overseas publications. Today would be a good time to finish it. Only an email pinged arrival into my inbox and I was obliged, due to its nature, to take time immediately to answer it.

Lunch? A sandwich as usual, and then back to the editorial. Then another telephone call, from a family member in trouble. I leave at once to see what I can do to help. Back by midnight, and, as Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary, “and so to bed.”

Now, I’m not complaining, you must understand. But I do realise that God never has days like this (and this was an exceptional one). We don’t surprise him with our problems or our prayers. He has all the time in eternity to accommodate us however long we may wish to pray. He doesn’t need to take time out from his schedule to take care of domestic chores, or to eat. All attention can be devoted to us and to listening as his Son—our High Priest, brings our petitions to his attention. We are that important to him and to the fruition of his plan.

And yet at times we don’t have time for God, especially on a busy day. And at other times we so often feel that there are priorities which should take pride of place in our lives. God ends up with barely a look-in if we have a spare moment, or if we’re not doing anything of greater importance. Or when we’re in trouble, of course. Oh, we have plenty of time for God when we’re in trouble!

Sometimes I think that Christians show the greater contempt for God than do those atheists out there who don’t profess to honour and follow him!

Merciful Father, you are gracious to us in all circumstances, all the time. Help us please to be grateful and responsive similarly all the time. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


johnstettafordAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
6th Form Common Room
Honey End Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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