Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
Wine, strong drink. drugs (both prescription and illegal), technology. Name your poison and it can be an addiction. Anything, even good things, can be addicting and rob us of our time. Our time spent with friends, family, and most importantly, God. Each of these along with millions of others can come between our life with God. The excessive can lead to regressive. The high points we are at with God can be brought low by what we spend our time doing.
Now I am not saying that wine, beer, drugs (prescription), or technology are bad or that we should not use them. The problem arises when they are used too much and abused too much. They can be enjoyed in moderation. Everything in moderation. Even something a harmless as sleep can be abused. Oversleeping leads to laziness and laziness leads to loss of job or not being able to find a job and that will lead to no money to pay bills and survive. All from sleeping too much.
Addiction can be a tough struggle. Many people are addicted to one or more things and that is scary. It is scary because many things take away from time with God. We must be purposeful in order to spend time with God. Time for prayer. Time to read the Bible. Time with God. We must make time for all of our eternity based tasks before we tackle our world based tasks.
In order to make sure that I find the balance I need, I am purposeful in my actions. I carve out 30 minutes to spend with God in the morning. This includes prayer, devotions, and further Bible readings. I then carve out 1.5 more hours at night to write this blog, pray, read more of the Bible, and just talk to God. Yet, I feel like I should do more.
In a 24 hour day, where an average of 8 hours of that day is spent in sleep, that leaves 16 hours. 8 hours at work with an average 30-60 minute drive there and back. That leaves 6 hours. 6 hours to spend with family, friends, go to appointments, wash, eat, and the thousands of other things we have to do. And oh, by the way, leave some time for God. Not much time for God is left. This is a sad state to have little time for the Creator of Heaven and Earth, your Heavenly Father,
Now, I say all of this, not to make you feel guilty, but to make us all purposeful. We cannot afford to be too involved in one thing or another with the amount of time that we have in a day. If we like beer or wine, drink a little. If we use prescription drugs, use the, according to the label. If we use technology, limit it to what is needed only. In doing so, we will leave more time for God. It will also leave us uninhibited when we come before God. When we give time to God, make sure to give your best time, not your worst time when you are overly tired or unenthused.
Search our hearts and help us identify our addiction. It may be work or games or food or drink. Whatever it is, help us with this. We know that we only have so much time on Earth, This time should be spent in preparation for You, not wasted on the things of this world. The world will pass away, but You are eternal. Let us give of ourselves to You in our first-fruits. The best of what we can give. Attentiveness, yearning to learn, happiness, joy. Let us come to You often and mindfully. Thank You for the time that we get and we owe it all to You.
In Your name we pray,