“Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.”
When Job talks about his days being “swifter than a post,” he is talking about the messengers whose job it was to deliver messages from place to place. These messengers were the faster runners of their day. The messages they carried were of vital importance to a king or military leader. The post needed to be dependable because their message could mean life or death for many whose lives depended on the message they carried to the leader.
God is teaching a vital lesson in this verse. God is teaching about the brevity of life and the importance of using your time wisely. Life is brief, and before we know it, it will be gone. James 4:14 puts it this way, “…For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Because life is brief, it is important to use the time you have in life wisely so that you don’t regret what you have or have not done. Let me give you several thoughts concerning on how to deal with the brevity of life.
First, don’t waste the time you have on things of no value. There are many things on which you can spend your time, but you should only give your time and effort to those things which make an impact on the time you have in life. There are many unimportant time wasters that will control your time if you allow them. You must be careful that those time wasters don’t fill your time and cause you to miss out on the important things you have in life. Time flies, and you want to be sure to invest the time you have on those things that make the greatest impact with your life.
Second, use the time you have wisely; one day you won’t have much time left. We often hear about the mid-life crisis and some of the crazy things people do when going through that time of life. The one main reason many experience a mid-life crisis is because they wasted the younger years, and now they are trying to make up for lost time. You only have so much time in life; be careful to use the time you have wisely so that you won’t wish that you could have time back. If you fill your days accomplishing tasks and goals, you won’t have to look back and wish you had done more.
Third, schedule your days so that you accomplish the most in each day. The best way to use your time wisely is to live by a schedule. An unscheduled day is a wasted day. When you have no schedule to dictate what to do with your time, you will find unimportant things will waste your time and keep you from accomplishing tasks. If you want your days to be filled with accomplishments, you must schedule each day and let that schedule dictate your efforts in each time slot. You will accomplish more with a schedule than you ever will without one.
Fourth, savor the time you have with your loved ones because each day is a memory or regret. You only have so much time with family, and especially your children; don’t waste the time you have with them. Enjoy your children while you have them. Time flies, and before you know it they will be walking out the door and you won’t be able to enjoy making more memories with them. Enjoy the spouse you have because you don’t want to walk by their casket one day in regret wishing you had spent more time with them. You only have one life and one family; make the most of both so that you won’t spend your latter years trying to make up for lost time.