Saturday, 23 April 2022


We can only use our time constructively if we learn what life is all about
Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. The Good News Bible is one of the few versions that translates the following passage using the definite article, putting the emphasis on 'the' time rather than just any time.

He sets the time for birth and the time for death,
the time for planting and the time for pulling up,
the time for killing and the time for healing,
the time for tearing down and the time for building.
He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy,
the time for mourning and the time for dancing,
the time for making love and the time for not making love,
the time for kissing and the time for not kissing.
He sets the time for finding and the time for losing,
the time for saving and the time for throwing away,
the time for tearing and the time for mending,
the time for silence and the time for talk.
He sets the time for love and the time for hate,
the time for war and the time for peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (GNB)

We all have time no matter how old we are or to which social circle we belong.  We all have hours and days to spend and what we do with our time determines the kind of people we become and the type of future we have. What we do with our time decides where we spend eternity.  

We may think that we can decide what to do with our time. Conversely we may have a fatalist view that our time is set and that there's nothing we can do about it.  The truth embraces both of those two extremes. Our response to the tides of time should be how to make something beautiful of every season that God has determined for our lives.  

To be intentional in our use of time we need to ask ourselves some questions as the writer of Ecclesiastes did. Is life worth living? What's the point of living? We can only use our time constructively if we learn what life is all about. If we respond to the seasons of both joy and sorrow, remembering our Creator at each stage in life, allowing Him to shape us into His likeness we will live life to the full as He intends us to live. It is God who sets the time, yet what we do with the times that God sets is going to determine whether our life is meaningful or not. That's our responsibility.  With God is always relationship, always teamwork.
He came closer to the city, and when he saw it, he wept over it, saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for peace! But now you cannot see it! The time will come when your enemies will surround you with barricades, blockade you, and close in on you from every side. They will completely destroy you and the people within your walls; not a single stone will they leave in its place, because you did not recognise the time when God came to save you!” Luke 19:41-44

When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?” Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father's own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:6-9

We live in uncertain times, just like the people in the times of Jesus on earth but if we acknowledge that God sets the times and we follow Him, allowing Him to lead us by His Spirit, we will make our time count for eternity. He will lead us into all truth and we will be able to share His good news with the people around us who haven't yet found the answer to the meaning and purpose of our lives on earth.  

Author: Betty Plumb

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