[b]Gone so soon without a trace![/b](Thomas Watson, "The Godly Man'sPicture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil")"Redeeming the time." Ephesians 5:16How you spend your time, is a matter of great importance. Many people fool away their time--some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart, and take it away from holy things. What are our golden hours for--but to attend to our souls? Time misspent is not time lived--but time lost!Time is a precious commodity. As salvation is to be worked out in it, and a conveyance of heaven depends on using it well--it is of infinite concern!Think of your short stay in the world. "We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow--gone so soon without a trace!" 1 Chronicles 29:15There is only a span between the cradle and the grave! Solomon says there is "a time to be born and a time to die"--but mentions no time of living--as if that were so short, it was not worth naming! Time, when it has once gone, can never be recalled. "My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away, filled with tragedy. It disappears like a swift boat, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey." Job 9:25-26This Scripture compares time to a flying eagle. Yet time differs from the eagle in this: the eagle flies forward and then back again--but time has wings only to fly forward--it never returns! "Time flies away irrevocably."The serious thoughts of our short stay here in this world,would be a great means of promoting godliness. Whoever considers how flitting and winged his life is--will hasten his repentance.
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