Is it just me or does it feel like there is just not enough time in a day?
There is always something that demands our attention as women, whether it be household chores or taking care of our family. It’s like your to list just keeps getting longer and longer. Not to mention if you work outside the home.
But what if you could truly manage your to do list than to have it manage you? What if you could spend time doing the things you actually want to do while still being able to manage your parenting and wife duties?
It is not as far fetched as you might think. What does the Bible say about time management? We will deep dive into 15 bible verses about time management to help us find balance in our everyday lives.
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What Does The Bible Say About Time Management?
When I think about time management in the Bible, the story of Moses and his Father in law often comes to mind (Exodus 18:17-21).
Moses for sure was burnt out, he would sit before the people and judge from morning until evening. He felt for sure he had to be the one to do the task as people would come to him to inquire of God. Can you relate?
In his wisdom, Moses father in law suggested that he select a couple men who feared the Lord and train them to help judge the people. Tasks that were a bit more challenging would fall on his shoulders to complete. This tuned out to be a game changer for Moses.
We only have a 24 hours in a day, while as moms we think we can do it all, the end result is eventual burnout. Just like Moses, we can feel less burdened and find time for some of the more important things on our to do list by being willing to delegate to others. This could be teaching your older kids how to do laundry so they can assist or getting your spouse involved in daily tasks.
As followers of Christ, the number one thing we can do to find peace and better make use of our time, is to do that one thing which we often kick to the curb when we find ourselves too busy- have daily time with God.
Despite spending long hours healing and preaching Jesus would always carve out time for solitude and spend time in prayer, there is much blessing to be had through spending time in the word (Mark 1:35-39). As followers of Christ, we should endeavor to do the same.
In his book Redeeming Your Time, Jordan recommends the Martin Luther method of studying the bible. You read the passage of scripture along with a commentary then respond to the text reflecting on the following:
- Instruction – What is the passage directing you to do?
- Praise – What is the passage leading you to praise God for?
- Confession – Where have you fallen short
- Petition – Ask God for his help in living out the commands of the passage.
Bible Verses About Time Management
But, what does the bible say when it comes to time management? Here are a few verses to consider, the following Bible Verses on time management have all been taken from the King James Version.
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:8
Bible Verses On Time Management
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14:28
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:13-17
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” Proverbs 21:5
Scriptures on Time Management
As I read Jordan Raynor’s book, the following quote stood out to me: “success isn’t our primary aim- service is and more specifically service to our Lord and his agenda.” I think too often we focus a little do much on achieving success while not necessarily a bad thing, that we lose focus on the mission that we were given. Here are some verses on time management to ponder on with this in mind.
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Proverbs 14:23
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Proverbs 10:4
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Time Management Bible Study
One of the best books on time management I have read thus far, in fact I will be purchasing a few extra copies to gift to friends. It couldn’t have come at a better time being a new mom trying to better manage my time.
Other than its biblical foundation, what I really like about this book is it practicality. After Jordan dives into the theory, he provides practical steps you can incorporate to implement a particular concept as you proceed through each chapter. Chapter 2 was definitely a game changer for me and by far my favorite, although all the chapters were excellent. Here he provided what I call the secret sauce to staying on top of your to do list and getting things done with a proven workflow. Once you understand his workflow system you can certainly tweak it to make it your own.
If you are looking for the secret sauce to redeeming your time and want a easy to read and super practical book, look no further. Get ready to be transformed, a must read book if you are hoping to become purposefully present and wildly productive.
Biblical Principles of Time Management
Do you have a proven time management system that helps you stay organized and reduce overwhelm, we would love to hear about it in the comments below along with your favorite bible verses about time management.
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