In the Book of Genesis, God set the standard for effective Divine time management and order. Out of chaos and darkness came Creativity and Light. He created for six days and on the seventh Day, He rested.
Not that He needed any rest, but He knew we would need rest once He created us. And so even in the beginning of time, He envisioned and planned the end-result of what He wanted - and created it. And He created it all in Divine Order prioritizing what came first; which went where; and when to do it all. Then,“viola !” and it all came to pass! It all came together!
In His scheme of things, He expects us to not dissipate the rich resources which He has given us for there is nothing worse than a life wasted and not achieving the Destiny which God intended for His sons and daughters. Ephesians 5:15-17 (Amplified Version) He gives us a foundational key regarding this very principle:
"Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time (buying up each opportunity), because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is."
God reveals His Will to us primarily, one day at a time, one step at a time. Here a little and there a little. And as He does, Holy Spirit sheds Light on His next step. As a prophetic people, many times God will show us the end result of His Master Plan at the very beginning showing us things many years ahead of when they actually manifest in our lives (actually come to pass). In the “fullness of times”, at the “set time” are terms which Christians need to familiarize themselves with.
During this time is when the force of patience really kicks in! God said something is coming to pass in one's life but then, thirty years later, “what happened Lord, where is it?” Yes, God sets the exact time for the convergence of all things - when everything which is needed to fulfill His Plan comes together.
We need to take His steps and not ours, as the popular Christian song goes, “One day at a time, sweet Jesus.” As we dedicate time each day to meditate and pray His Word, He reveals His next step. Sometimes it seems we go around and other times it seems we back track. But if we are following His leading, we will make it to the other side. A good practice is during your time in prayer, ask Him, “what is your next step for my life Lord?”
When dealing with time management, we need to learn to “prioritize” things in order of importance according to His Purposes. For instance, if He says He wants us to move to another city, the last thing we need to do in our priorities is start packing, unless He tells us to start packing.
Our first rule of priority maybe to find out what city He wants us to go to, (unless like Abram, He says “just go and leave your family behind.”) We can only know these things as we spend sufficient time before His Face and seek the Lord. His priority may not be what we think it should be therefore - “it is time to seek the Lord!”
No matter what your age, your status or lack of status in today's world, truly, in God's scheme of things, we must learn to “invest our time and not to just “spend” our time. We must demonstrate before God that we are faithful “stewards” of the things which He gives us, yes, even our time!