I recently read of a Christian leader who was counseling a 17 year old girl who had abandonded her faith because of a tragic experience in her family. She simply could not understand how a good God could allow such bad things to happen to good people.
The counselor pointed her to a similar situation in Jesus’ day, when a wall in Jerusalem collapsed and killed 18 people. Jesus pointed out that they should not be amazed that 18 people died, but that the rest of them were still living.
These people, as well as this young lady, operated on the false presupposition, that God owes everyone a happy, healthy life of at least 70 years and that, if anything happens to cut that short, God is to be blamed. But in reality, every hour of every day we live is a gift from God in His mercy.
When we realize time is an unmerited gift from God we have extra motivation to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.