A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven

1 Peter 3: 8 – But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 states,”For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

God shall judge the righteous and the wicked – for there is a time for every purpose and for every work 3: 17

We often feel like that hamster running and running in his wheel and getting absolutely no where. But, does he realize it or does he see himself exhausted and spent, having travelled so far. Have we travelled far or just been spinning around and around. I often ponder this at the end of a busy day.

TIME! It creeps up on us. One moment we think we have all the time in the world; the next moment we have a lost opportunity. We wonder what God has in mind for us. What shall we do next,,,,,what now??? Where are the answers; where is the direction; what is the direction?
We all have this challenge of making the most of time and allowing God to guide us. Often, this challenge is called patience. We talk to God; we pray; we ask; we impatiently wait for an answer. I am guilty of this. We are living daily like a little child waiting for Christmas morning. The excitement, the anxiety……… What are we doing to ourselves? Scripture says to become like a little child, but this is not what it means. This scripture is telling us to become loving and innocent and trusting, full of love and faith. As impatient adults, we are not so much like that little child. We need to realize that God’s ideas come through our human mind to solve any challenge at the exact correct time. There is no need to force an issue. God is in charge and all is well.

We all experience this at one time or another. Paul and I just moved to another city, having sold our ranch as many of you know. I sit in this “new” house and look around and wonder, “What am I to do now.” Oh, we still have some ministry in our former location, but it is winding down and will eventually be concluded. What is God wanting of me? Where do I go from here? What is my ministry now? I ask; I pray? I meditate, “God, tell me what to do.”

Here is the only answer I have received so far, “ Just rest, my child.” What me? Rest? I don’t do that too well; I am a very active person. Many of us live in dual time. That is what I call multi-tasking. We are doing several things at once and have one or two more things going on inside our heads. Time is being spent leaping from one thing to another.

Many of us have very busy and productive lives. Yet, many are ruled by the clock. The clock or the calendar are not God’s. We must not let our life get swallowed up focusing only on time or against time – so much so that we push life away.

We can free ourselves by realizing that we are living in eternity right now. Having accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior has allowed us to be born into His eternal goodness.

“Everyone has an equal amount of time. Our individual attitude toward time is knowing that we have all the time that we need; that’s  a freeing, and uplifting realization. We may need to pray for wisdom, good judgment in scheduling our time, but we have the ability to do all things in order and on time. We have all the time we need. We live in eternity.” CIC

Now, here is an interesting perspective on time:

People have strived to capture time in some way. The only way that they
have ever really been able to do it is through a time capsule. Now, the
first time capsule that was ever made was in 1935, at Oglethorpe College
in Atlanta, Georgia. It was sealed in 1935 and it is going to be opened in
the year 8113 A.D. What will the people of 8113 A.D. see? Among other
things, a quart of beer, a set of Lincoln Logs, a Donald Duck doll, a
pacifier, some Artie Shaw records and an electric toastalator. Recently a
time capsule was opened that was sealed in the year 1957. A brand-new
automobile was placed in that time capsule.

Automotive people were quite excited about uncovering this brand-new car.
Several museums were also after this valuable, brand-new 50+ year old car.

When the time capsule was opened, the car was, at best, a heap of rust.
The best human efforts to lock-in time had proved again not to work.

Back in the olden days, the ‘60’s (hee hee), there was a missionary named Tom Dooley. He rarely slept, just served day and night. When asked about preserving his health and taking some time to rest, he let everyone know that he had eternity to rest. Now was the time to do God’s work. I will never forget that. Now, I don’t think anyone should follow that example; it just isn’t healthy. When I sit in the house and rest, however, I think about Rev. Tom Dooley. He was driven to do God’s work as a missionary and was not going to let time get in his way. Was he using the best sense of time or was he “burning the candles at both ends.” I doubt God expected him to labor without having a sense of self preservation and taking time for rest. Yet, we cannot judge what God may have put in his heart. We can only spend the time of our own eternity focused on what works for us through trusting God!

James Dillet Freeman, the great poet wrote, “The Journey of Today.”

“Dawn is the threshold of today.
Dawn is an open door
That sends you up a sunlit way
You have not climbed before.

You know that God does not give
You hills too hard to climb;
God’s love ordains that you shall live
But one day at a time.

Let go dead yesterday’s regret,
Tomorrow’s phantom fear;
Live in the living now and let
The present good appear.

Even a stay-at-home must make
The journey of today;
Go with a willing heart and take
Love’s lamp to light your way.

Prayer be the staff you lean upon;
With faith your feet be shod.
Today you do not walk alone –
Today you walk with God.”

We must sit down and realize that we can not stop time. So, we must learn to enjoy and make use of each moment. We can make every moment count IF we do so through prayer and trusting in God’s leadership.. God can make boring moments into amazing and exciting moments. The Time Standard is the most important piece of wealth that a person can have. Your most valuable possession you will ever have is your time.

Psalms 108:4 says, “For thy steadfast love is great above the heavens, thy faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” Once we allow ourselves to hear the voice of God and follow Him, we are no longer slaves to the “human-made laws of time.” We are not a slave to the clock.. We can relax, rest, enjoy this thing called time. We know we are in God’s circle and that He will lead us.

Our normal day to day activities are the most magnificent gift from God that we can receive. During this time, without even focusing on it, we are allowing God to work through us. What we do, what we say, how we respond, being led by God, stands the test of time and is a blessing to all those we meet along this journey of life. Life is made up of moment by moment by moment. That is what makes up a lifetime. We do not need to force it. We just need to follow our heart, follow God. He will lead us; He will let us know what to do with this time we call life.

Always remember, scripture tells us and it is truth, – that God working through you is perfection right now. Your work will mean something and it will stand the test of time when God works through you. Let go and let God as the phrase says. God will create the perfect timing for the perfect activity.

To everything there is a season – a time to_______________________

May God’s eternal love keep you in a blessed state of time!


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