“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19)
Hurry sickness is a thing. Google it. It’s hard to know “the peace of God” (Philippians 4:7) in the anxious busyness of keeping pace in a task-driven, overbooked, multitasking, time-crunched crowd. Sue and I expected to have more time when we became empty nesters. But we sense time slipping away faster than it ever did. The impatient call to hurry often hits me when I’m driving to my next destination (while the person in front of me seemingly has all the time in the world).
In contrast, Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry. In fact, he appeared to be painfully slow to respond in some cases (like those drivers in front of me):
So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. – John 11:6
At other times, he walked away from large-scale ministry opportunities just to pray:
But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. – Luke 5:15-16
Jesus passed on some excellent service opportunities, activities and events. Even when those around him tried to compel him to be or do something that seemed right, he never was pressured to feel like he had to “do it all.” But Jesus was no sloth. He was always doing the Father’s work, even on the Sabbath (John 5:17)! Yet, he made the most of every day by sacrificing valuable time looking to the Father, which is also the Father’s work!
The problem we have with time is not that we don’t have enough of it, but that we view it as something that belongs to us. The biblical principle of stewardship teaches us that time, along with all assets, belongs to our Master—and he has entrusted us to manage it for him.
Time is a gift of God. We should spend it for the Master without waste or worry. He gives us just enough time to do everything he wants us do. Busyness with very good activities can distract us from the Father’s real work. Like Jesus, we need to take adequate time to look to the Father to determine what he would have us do and not do.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12