January 2022 Mind of the Missionary

“But I trust in You, Lord; I say, ‘You are My Lord.’ My times are in Your hands.”

Psalms 31:14-15a


“Time is what we want the most, but what we use worst.” William Penn


Mr. Penn’s quote is so true, isn’t it? We have all these plans, but we seem to squander the time that we are given. It sort of slips through our hands. Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time is never found again.” I know that I have wasted a good bit of time. Even as I am thinking of 2022, I’m sure that I will misuse some of the time that God will give me. I do not say this flippantly because as humans we have the tendency to use our time as we want. We forget that time is not ours, but it is the Lord’s.

David in Psalm 31 speaks of taking refuge in the Lord and how he will trust in the Lord in all areas of his life. Notice that his key statement is “I say, ‘You are My Lord.’” He recognizes that God is his Master, his Boss which makes it possible for David to make the next statement…”My times are in Your hands.”

This leads us to ask the question, “In whose hands are our times?”, “In whom are we entrusting our lives?” David surely knew. He trusted only in the Lord. It is so easy to allow time to dictate to us rather than allow the Lord to lead our lives and our times.

There will always be responsibilities to family, to friends, to work, and to whatever, but it is our decision to allow time to run us. As we are finishing the Christmas season and starting the New Year, how many times have I heard someone say, “I’ll be glad when it’s over! My time has just been so busy.” Why has it been so busy? Are you allowing others and yourself to set your time? Or are you leaving time in the hands of the Lord?

As 2022 begins, may we say as the Psalmist David, “I trust in you, Lord: ‘You are My Lord.’ My times are in Your hands.”


Until Next Month,


Bro. Lyle