Time, Thoughts, and Treasures of God

If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

The Christmas tree sparkled with lights and too many shiny plastic icicles, but it captured all my child’s heart wished for. Underneath the tree sat one package my dad bought for me. My dad did not shop, not even for Christmas. That was Mom’s job. This year was different. He had been away working on the railroad and when he came home he carried a package for me and my brother. The first and only gift I remember from that year, 1959, a “Gail of the Golden West” cowgirl doll, about as tall as I was, still has a place in my home and heart.

The worth of Gail does not lie in her cost but in the value it gave me in my father’s eyes. The time he took from himself and gave to think of me makes her priceless.

If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

“Many, O Lord my God, are they wonderful works…and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned…if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:17,18

We were in His thoughts before time began. In fact, time began because He thought of us. He has no need of time for He is from everlasting to everlasting. He extends time to give us space to come to Him.

The Lord is…longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come…” 2Peter 3:9,10

When that day comes, time will be no more. He tells us He will shorten the time so those who are his will not be deceived by the evil surrounding them. He lengthens it for the lost and shortens it for the believer…only God. But we are also told we are not promised another day. As God shows  his many thoughts towards us in the time He gives us, He tells us to use His gift of time wisely.

Today is the day of salvation. The moment we are living in is the only moment we have before facing eternity with or without Jesus Christ as our Savior. How we use His gift of time is our gift back to Him.

Time is not the only evidence of His thoughts towards us. We find His greatest thought towards us in the manifestation of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” John 3:16

God’s gift is evidence of His loving thoughts towards us. He thought of us and He gave Himself for us.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”1John 3:1

Jesus is now preparing a place for his followers, and He said, “…if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:3.

One day time will slide into eternity. The Son has you in His thoughts and is preparing a place for you with Him and the Father for evermore.

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 

For further reading: Matthew 6:19-21

If you look at how your time is spent, what would it say about what you treasure?

What is your most precious memory? Why?  If you would like to share it, please leave it in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Prayer: Father, as your thoughts are towards us may we hold you in our hearts and minds each day  showing forth your glory in a dark world.

As we continue in thanksgiving to the Christmas season I will be reposting some older blogs. I pray they will encourage you to keep your eyes on the Christ of Christmas. May your time with family and friends be blessed.

Ain’t It Time?

“And Moses and the priests, the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.” Deut. 27:9.

This day the children of Israel are grown and have retraced the steps of their parents as they now stand where their parents stood forty years earlier. The Absence of their parents serves as a stark reminder of the cost of quitting through unbelief. Now, it is time, their time to go, grow, and give glory to God. Deuteronomy gives them the tools to accomplish the goal before them, even as their example prepares us for the same.



To Go Take Possession: 

To the children the Lord says:

“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the earth…Deut. 7;6; And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” 8:2.

To His children today:

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…1Pet. 2:9; According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Pet.1:3,4; Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me…Luke 22:28,29; If we endure, we shall also reign with him…2 Tim. 2:12; To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne…Rev. 3:21.


To Grow in Faith:

To the children, Face the giants:

Hear, O Israel; Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thy self, cities great and fenced up to heaven. A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.” Duet. 9:1-3.

To us as we face the giants:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…2Cor. 10:4; Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and professed a good profession before many witnesses…1Tim. 6:12; No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier…2Tim. 2:4; Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1Pet. 5:8.


To Give Glory to God:

To the children of Israel.

“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth…Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he…Deut.32: 1,3,4;

To all the children of God.

“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods…Ps. 96:1-4; Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven…Matt. 5:16; For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…1Cor. 6:20; And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever…Rev. 5:13; And a voice came out of the throne, saying, PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT…Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Rev. 19:5,6b.


Forgive the English but, ain’t it time as God has highly exalted the Lord Jesus, we,

“…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Phil. 2:10,11.