On Time


I have been telling time since early in my life. Perhaps first or second grade. I have a handle on analog and digital time-telling. But I must tell you that I get very frustrated when I’m in my husband’s car and want to know the time.


Why? Because he uses that 24-hour system. Once we’re past noon, I am never sure what time it is. Mason has tried to teach me how to read time, but I get so confused. Do I subtract and then add? Or do I just subtract? And do I subtract 10 hours or 12 hours or 2 hours? Do I need to stand on one foot while reading the clock? I just can’t remember the formula.


And then, if I do happen to remember how to figure out the time, it’s a matter of mathematics. And I’m not very good at it. So to subtract a double-digit number from another double-digit number in my head is very challenging.


Just change the clock to the normal way normal people read a clock!


Unfortunately, this is a habit my husband is sticking with. He’s been using this system his entire career. It’s not going to change.


WatchSo I found a solution that will help me tell time when I’m in his car. It’s a watch (a normal time-reading watch), but with an extra set of smaller numbers to help me figure out the time without much difficulty. The designer of this watch probably has had the same issue I’ve had. Phew!


I can’t help but think that I ask God to change His Word to make my life easier. “Surely You don’t really want me to love my neighbor…not that neighbor.” “Really? You want me to go on a mission trip?” “Why would You want that piece of my heart?” “This little sin isn’t hurting anyone.”


And if you will admit it, you’ve probably done the same thing.


News flash! God isn’t going to change just because it’s too difficult for us or because we are too selfish to make the commitment to stop going against Him. So we better shape up and figure out that He is standing firm on what He says. His Word is the Word.


King David loved God’s Word and believed that all he needed was within the pages of the Bible. If you’re looking for something to read today, read through Psalm 119 to gain insight into David’s heart and his desire to follow God’s commands. Here are a few verses to consider:


“Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statues as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Psalm 119:12-16 – NIV)


“Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; the n I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my lie according to your word.” (Psalm 119:33-37 – NIV)


“Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm I the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.” (Psalm 119:89-91 – NIV)


“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105 – NIV)


Have you asked God to change His statutes to make your life easier? If so, I pray that you will find a deeper understanding of God’s Word through David’s words today. And then, I pray that you will turn from worthless things this world offers to stick to God’s plan. What blessings we will receive when we do life God’s way.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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