It’s the excuse that flies out of my mouth to justify my reasons on almost everything. It’s the same excuse I hear from others around me. It is the final straw, the deciding factor, the ultimate justifier. “I just don’t have the time.” It’s why we don’t exercise, eat well, plan for the future or live in the present. It’s the reason we get rid of our pets and sell our toys. It is the culprit behind the broken marriage, the unfinished project, the long-lost hobby, and the stressed-out student. We just don’t have the time. Sadly, it is the reason for our flailing faith, and our absence from our Father’s House.
In Micah 6:3 God, in an attempt to show Israel how far she has strayed from Him, asks a weighted question: “How have I wearied you? What have I done to you?
I still hear this same question from the Spirit of God in the lives of my generation. “What have I done to weary you? Where are you going?” I have found very few people who have accusations against God that they can articulate and point to in their lives, but more often than not, I find that the answers to ones drifting away from God are buried in an ambiguous ocean that carries them away slowly, quietly saying, “I just don’t have the time.”
You don’t know how far you can drift until you learn to make “time” your excuse. The truth is that we you and I will always make the time for the things that are important to us. Always. So maybe our problem isn’t “time”; it is just our excuse. Our problem is more likely that our value system is constantly being skewed towards convenience, and the things that have become the most valuable to us are the things that come easy.
God still stands on the shore of our hearts asking us to evaluate our excuses, and prove our reasoning for rejecting our only source of oxygen. While we live in this age of grace we can hear his voice and choose for Him or against Him. There will be, however the day that our choices run out and we will stand before Him without excuses or options. There will be no time, only eternity.
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon