Jan. 10, 2020 Charlotte, NC
Time and Assurance – Steve Martin
“For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
The older you get the faster time seems to pass. As a young kid it was just the opposite as the clock clicked too slow past the hour every day. Remember the years when your birthday took forever to get here? Now they come too fast.
Solomon in all his wisdom understood time, and the seasons it brings. As earthly creatures not as yet fully experiencing eternity (though for each of us it started at our conception) how time passes can be fast or slow depending upon how we are looking at the times we are living in.
As Solomon wrote, inspired by the Holy Spirit, “For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven — a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to discard, a time to tear and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Complete Jewish Bible
Knowing our times are in His hands (Psalm 66:9), we can be assured that the time we were born was of His doing, and it was the perfect time for us. Some would question that as they have faced difficulties and trials in this life, but ultimately, we will understand. That period of our timeline was set by Him, and will not be changed.
And we can be assured that our appointed time to die will happen when He has decided it is time. Nothing can take us before our time. No Covid. No enemy. No devil from hell.
Believing it or not, the Word of God again says, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” Eccl 3:1, NASU
When events arise that would try to bring doubt, unbelief, discouragement, and fear (and they do come for each of us), our bedrock faith in His Word, trusting in His wisdom and timing, will see us through even the most difficult of challenges.
When a loved one passes on, we must trust in His timing.
When an appointment comes unfulfilled, we must trust in His timing.
When a prophetic word seems to never come to pass, we must trust in His timing.
Above all, we must trust in His timing, which is, in reality, trusting in Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.
It amazes me how so often an expectation I longed for and was certain of did not come to pass in the time slot I had planned. What happened, Lord? But then when enough time had gone by, sometimes taking years to come about, and I looked back and then saw His hand in it, I agreed with His wisdom and purpose in “the wait.” Often, He kept us from that which we would rather not have wanted to experience, but at the right time did give us that which was best for us and those others who were affected in His plan and purpose.
Be assured that His timing for you is always best. It is a true statement – Our Father knows best.
Rest assured that as we long for Him and His will, the timing of all things will make sense, give us understanding, and enable us to always say, “Our God is faithful and true.”
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11-12, NASU
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
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