A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 get, 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 of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
2 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.
Jonathan actually set his clock this afternoon so he would not rest ridiculously long after work, as sometimes he has slept from afternoon until time for work the next day. Before he went to sleep though, knowing I was going to work on the devotional, he said, “An hour and a half, that’s about right?”
I am equally guilty, though. When I sit down to do the devotional, I am not putting time restraints on myself (clearly I may want to reconsider that). It is much more freeing to write these when there is no rush to find a song or quickly arrange how things will mesh. I tend to be quite oblivious to other things, such as a hungry family right now, for example. So I linger in Bible verses and songs (easy to understand why I tarry here rather than rush to the kitchen or out to eat), while my family “looks in” on me, periodically, to “encourage my progress.
The Lord tells us in His Word, as the opening passage states, there is a time for everything. Amazingly, those who proclaim the “irrelevancy” of God’s Word,with all supposed knowledge and education, failed to understand or admit how divinely thorough Scripture is.
One in countless blessings. is that the Holy Spirit unlocks doors for discerning the Word of God. He has made this available not only to those who are “educated”, but also to those the world may consider “simple” or academically ignorant.
Sorry, I went slightly off-course there for a second, but I digress. Everything in its time and a time for everything. What we all are hoping to hope for, is to seek the Lord’s will and His perfect time for everything and everyone, right?
Lord our God
Thank You for this day
We’ve been given
A new chance to grow closer to you and others
To honor You in our words and deeds
We pray that what we have done and said this Monday has glorified You
Please forgive us for the times we try to run ahead of You,
We ask that You silence outside noises so we hear that Quiet Voice whispering, “Slowly, child”
In Psalm 46:10, You call us to be still and know that You are God
Sometimes You want us to hold back for an appropriate time to act
Please teach us restraint until, like in Joshua’s day, it is time to blow the trumpets
When we’re suppose to move forward, please induce our growth
Like the sprouting of yard weeds or the rushing rapids
Please give us a heart for You, Father
Continue to build, conform and direct us
According to Your will to be used for and by You
In the Name of the One Who died for us, Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords,
“How Great Is Our God”
“In His Time”
Rest peacefully, my friends
(Genesis 1:1-Revelation 22:21)