December 18, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from December 17 to 24 are provided by Pastor Yohan Lee of Remnant Church, New York City. Yohan graduated from University of Pennsylvania and Cairn University, where he studied theology. He is married to Mandie, and they have four adorable children.

 

 

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Time Flies…”

Genesis 29:15-20

Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

When it comes to time, I think we all understand that old saying, “The days are long but the years are short.” When we look back, doesn’t it seem like your time in school, dating your wife, your kid’s childhood, your 20’s (30’s or 40’s), time you had with your parents, etc., just whizzed by? But when you look ahead, don’t things like finishing school, getting married, raising kids, retirement, seem like a never ending series of never ending days? This is why I don’t get how in v. 20, it says that Jacob’s love for Rachel made seven long years (2,555 days, not counting leap year) of labor feel like just a “few days.” When I was waiting to get married, there was only about a six month gap between my engagement and wedding—that time felt like forever to me! But perhaps Jacob—that heel-grasping deceiver—was more patient and more loving than I?

Here’s my point: many of us know how to invest long periods of time into things we deem important—such as school, a training program, or that horrible job! Unfortunately, when it comes to spiritual matters, character, or ministry, we’ve become immediate-gratification Christians. For example, if I were to give you a regimen that would help you either overcome an addiction, grow in a particular area, or grow a ministry, but it would take seven years before you saw lasting fruit, would you take it, or, does seven years seem too long? Most of us probably wouldn’t, figuring we can accomplish our desired goals in a fraction of that time. But this morning, let me remind you, for the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Peter 3:8). Many of the important things in life—like godliness, character, and wisdom—are going be lifetime investments. When we just accept that, then we can learn how to enjoy the process.

This morning, think about some spiritual things you’ve always wanted to accomplish but seemed too difficult or too time consuming: such as becoming a real Bible scholar, having a deep prayer life, becoming a small group leader, growing in a ministry skill, or memorizing the New Testament. Let’s not get discouraged because expertise won’t happen in a week, but let’s enjoy the investment and the time it takes to know and walk with our Lord. And trust me, He is changing you through the process!

Prayer: Lord, I have always wanted to do ________ . Please give me strength and perseverance to start this venture with You today. Help me to see You working in my life through the process. And thank You that You are the one who began a good work in me and will carry it through to completion until the day of our Lord. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah 52


Lunch Break Study

Psalm 90 (Read the entire Psalm; only portions are provided): Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night… 12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 13 Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Questions to Consider

  1. What do we learn about God’s nature from this Psalm?
  2. What do we learn about the nature of man from this Psalm?
  3. What was the psalmist’s request (vv. 16-17), and how does that serve as a model for us?

Notes

  1. God is eternal and exists outside of time. Before the universe existed, He was there. He currently exists in the past, present, and future, and therefore always have perfect perspective.
  2. Compared to God, our span is insignificant, and our vision and understanding are limited.
  3. The psalmist asked for two things: First, he wanted people to see get awestruck by God’s eternal power, and then he asked that the work of His hands be established forever—in other words, an eternal legacy.

Evening Reflection

Today’s theme was time. On one hand, we do have time, so we need to be willing to take time to invest in the things of the Kingdom. On the other hand, because our time is brief, we need to be willing to take time to invest in Kingdom things. This evening take some time and ask God to show you what you should be investing in.

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