TOO MUCH IDLE TIME! I have come to the conclusion that some people have too much time on their hands in which to do nothing so they waste it on doing things that are bottom line doing nothing worth anything at all. Face book posts are a good example of that both in photos and written content. Politicians are a good example of this also. They take “junkets” all over the world yet can’t pass any useful legislation. I think many Preachers fit into this classification. Some of them should spend more time studying the Word of God and praying and less time playing golf and involving themselves in other forms of recreation. Maybe helping the poor, the homeless, and other hurting people of this world should fill some of their spare time. King David in the bible is a good example of someone who went astray and spent his spare time acting like a “peeping Tom” and lusting after Bathsheba instead of leading his troops in their endeavors. I suppose we could find many in the Bible who could fit into this category. But we have enough examples around us and I am sure you could fill this page with your own examples. The term “busybody” is found in the bible to describe those who are idle and use their time to do disruptive things (2 Thessalonians 3:12). I must say we should all examine our own lives to see what we do with our time in this life God has given us.
In God’s Word in the book of Ecclesiastes and in chapter three God reminds us that, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven,” and then he lists a string of these “matters.” When you read the list one could wonder how anyone really has totally idle time. There is one phrase in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that really should make one think about this. It says, “He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” I think some people with too much idle time really should be thinking about eternity, their relationship to God, and what God has done in the past and what the future holds for them. When we seem to have idle time isn’t that really just part of a “season” and could it also be that God has granted that period of time to really think about eternity and our relationship to Him and the human race? Do we just waste our “idle time” or should we see it as a gift from God to be used for different purposes? As the Apostle Paul said, “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil,” (Ephesians 5:16 ESV).