One of the points a recent Bible study brought up was that all people have only one life … one chance at living each day. So we had better live it right by simplifying our schedules, dealing with our issues, and mending our fences. During the discussion, the topics were changing too rapidly for me to keep up, so I said nothing. Had I had more time, I would have asked: “There is a school of thought in Christianity that says that God is in control everything including our time and what we do with it. Can it ever be truly wasted?”
Time is a difficult thing for us to wrestle with. A thousand years to us is like a day with God. And yet, He thought it extremely important for the Israelites to wander in the wilderness for forty years and for Jesus to fast and pray for forty days. Just think about all that time, to us it was a waste, to God, it was a time of testing and preparation.
Some say that God’s sovereign over his own sovereignty, and therefore, the picture we have is more like a God creating a wind-up toy and letting it go. Our free will over our time includes the freedom to waste time and possibly throw a wrench into God’s plan by disagreeing with his divine calendar. As if there’s a date circled for each of us to something important and we had the ability to cross it out saying “That’s not going to work for me.”
“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ” ― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
I’d like think that God’s plan is our plan with a few divine revisions here and there as He has all the facts and foreknowledge that escapes us. That no moment is lost or wasted, but is a time of teaching and preparation for that which is to come. That we cannot frustrate his plans or cause them to fail. So no, I don’t think that we can waste this life. Sure, some people only become Christians just before they die, but needed each and every moment they lived wandering in sin to help them see how much they really needed Jesus.