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The Problem with Time

Timing is everything.

Time can be a problem. We either don’t have enough time or we have too much time. We’re either late to an appointment or we’re too early. We either procrastinate or move too quickly. Getting timing just right is hard yet learning to recognize God’s timing is crucial.

Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a proper time for everything.

Verses 1-9 tell us, “For everything there is a season. A time for every activity under Heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to heal and a time to kill. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”

God has assigned a time for everything. Birth, death, planting, harvesting, etc.; each activity has an appropriate time, and you and I can’t control the time. The best we can do is recognize God’s timing, which is important.

Solomon teaches us there is…

  • A proper time to stay at home and go out.
  • A proper time to lead and follow.
  • A proper time for prayers to be answered.
  • A proper time to take steps in fulfilling our purpose.

We need to be sensitive to the Lord’s timing.

Recognizing God’s timing is important to our success.

A young executive was driving his new corvette down a neighborhood street. He may have been driving a little fast, and suddenly, a brick smashed into the driver’s door. The young man threw his car in park, jumped out and ran to the sidewalk looking for the brick thrower.

The man found a boy standing on the sidewalk. He grabbed the child and demanded answers. The boy started crying and said, “I’m sorry I threw the brick. No one was stopping and I need help. My brother has fallen out of his wheelchair. He’s hurt, but I can’t pick him up. I need help.”

Fighting back tears, the young executive followed the boy to his brother. There on the curb lay a young boy beside his overturned wheelchair.

The man right sided the chair and gently placed the boy in it. Then, he used his handkerchief to tend to the boy’s wounds. After that, the two brothers went on their way.

The young executive watched for a moment before returning to his corvette. The damage was noticeable, but he never fixed it. He wanted the reminder to slow down and be sensitive to timing.

It took a brick to get the young man’s attention. We can’t control time. The best we can do is recognize it.

Acting

Slow down and ask the Lord to help you recognize his timing.

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Today Counts

The people were grumbling; they believed the lie the goal was too big. They did not understand how the Lord was going to help them. The obstacles standing in the way blocked their vision. Quickly forgetting how the Lord helped them previously, Israel did not believe they could move forward. They were stuck in the lie they were telling themselves, so they rebelled.
They grumbled against God and Moses. Their grumbling resulted in another 40 years wondering in the desert. Their grumbling also resulted in Moses pinning the words of Psalm 90.
This psalm reminds us today counts.
In verse 12, Moses requests, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life so that we may grow in wisdom.”
What you and I do today counts. The steps we take, decisions we make, and the direction we go counts. Time is fleeting, so we need to make the most of every moment.
What are we going to do today? Good stewards of time do not waste it. They execute in the moments they possess to fulfill their purpose. Each day counts in fulfilling our purpose, and when finished, Psalm 90 reminds us a difference for the Lord should be made.
“Let us, your servants, see you work again. Let our children see your glory. And may the Lord God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful,” Moses requests in verses 16-17.
You and I should invest our time in things that will have a lasting impact. Be a friend or a mentor. Work on a project which will outlast us. Completing our calling will leave a legacy, so we must not fall into the trap of believing we cannot do it.
A generation of Israel fell into this trap and missed possessing the promised land. If they would have believed they could possess the land with the Lord’s help, they would have taken the land just as the Lord promised.
If you and I believe we can leave a legacy, we will with the Lord’s help. Every day counts, so be intentional. What are we going to do today?