This is fifth in my series of other “coronavirus tests” – for Christians.
97 O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
The fifth test is whether changes in our lives and in our schedules show whether or not we love God’s Word, and are using our time wisely.
Some people have even less time than usual. The demands on them have become more intense due to the work that they do.
If this is you, if you have less time than usual, have you let the Word of God slip out of your priorities? As your time has lessened, have you reserved any for the Word? We always find time for the things we love. It may mean listening to the reading of the Word, or to good Bible teaching, on the way to work. Do you love the Word enough to find a way to make some time for it?
Other people have more time than usual. They aren’t commuting as they usually do. Or, they can’t do some of the things they would usually do in their evenings / weekends.
If this is you, if you actually have more time than you usually would have, have you allocated any of that time at all for God’s Word? If not, you are revealing your values and your priorities. If you actually love His Word, you would want to spend more time in it. When more time becomes available, you’d want to use it well, and at least some of that extra time will be used in the things you value the most.
If you love God, you’ll love His Word, and for many people, the decisions we are making about our use of time during the coronavirus upheaval is very revealing about whether we really love Him and His Word at all. So this really is an important test for us as Christians, in helping us to see whether our hearts are where they should be, or not. If the “test results” don’t come back as they should, we have some things to sort out.
Sort it today — there’s another test coming!