June 1… Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost behind us. Advent and Christmas far in the future. With no church festival commanding our thoughts, who’s the Lord of your normal times?
“My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15), but on an average day my times are often in the hands of people who want things from me. My times are in the hands of texts and emails and Facebook and other social media sites. My times are often in the device in my hand. And when we do rest, it’s so often all about me. “I need some time for myself!” Yes, there may well be times of devotion, who’s the Lord of all your times?
The Bible readings appointed for Sunday show the Pharisees trying to control Jesus’ time. In “Time, Religion and History,” Dr. William Gallois shows how European powers tried to impose their western understanding of time upon conquered cultures. “In such situations, time often became a key battleground between the two cultures.” In a similar way, you and I are caught between two forces that claim us. On one side is the world and work and so many people who claim you for their purposes and want your time to be in their hands. On the other side is Jesus whom we profess to be our Lord.
Sunday on The Lutheran Hour, I’ll speak about “The Battleground of Time.” Who would want to limit time with Jesus only to an hour in church or a few minutes of daily devotion? Don’t you want all your times to be in the hands of Him who stretched out His hands on the cross for you and now lives to raise His hands upon you in blessing? It’s especially in these normal times, summer times, when we “Crown him the Lord of years, the potentate of time,” or don’t (Lutheran Worship 278, 5).