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What time is it?
OK – how did you determine your answer to my question?
If I were asked about the time, I would look at my watch. My first reaction is to measure time in hours and minutes. Although my finite response is a valid way, God perceives time from an infinite perspective. God interprets time eternally. My view is temporal and chronological. For God, time includes a duration of moments affecting people’s lives. Join me in looking at some timely scriptures.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
The writer of Ecclesiastes declares that there is a distinct time for everything that happens. Then he lists specific activities in verses 2-8. Being born or dying. Tearing down or building up. Laughing or crying. Loving or hating.
My Reader, what time is it in your life? It is OK to have conflicting emotions because life involves a variety of feelings and behaviors.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
As queen of King Xerxes, Esther was used by God to prevent the annihilation of the Jewish people. Mordecai reminded Esther that God may have given her favor with the king because He had a special plan for her. Esther accepted her position and boldly approached King Xerses. Esther says in verse 16, “If I perish, I perish.” She knew what time it was for her physically and spiritually.
My Reader, what time is it according to your spiritual watch? God orchestrates times in our lives for His glory.
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
II Peter 3:8
From God’s perspective, time is very different. While we may become impatient waiting for God to fulfill His promises, Peter reminds us that God is patient because He desires for everyone to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Spiritual time is unique – not like our spacial time. One day is like a thousand years and yet a thousand years is like a day! God’s timepiece is different from ours.
My Reader, what time is it for you regarding a promise you are waiting for God to fulfill? God is never late. And, He is never early. He is always on time!
My times are in your hands;
David places his time in God’s hands. He trusts God enough to give up his agenda and accept God’s plans. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Time does not influence how or when God interacts in our lives. He is always the same no matter what time it is.
My Reader, is it time for you to relinquish your time into the Lord’s hands? Don’t get bogged down trying to see the purpose in everything that happens every minute and hour of the day. Most likely, you are too close to your situation to see the bigger picture of how God is using your time. However, it is amazing how valuable your time is when you place it in His hands!