To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 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. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
“… of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command; (1 Chronicle 12:32)
He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:2-3)
The major problem of man is that he thinks he does not have time because time is money and time is precious. People always have reason to rush out to do something because of limitlessness of time. You will hear, “I have to go now because I am late to work already. I have to leave now because I am getting late for my appointment. I have to rush out now because of my flight. All these important activities that we mentioned above can be properly done without rushing and without anxiety if we manage our time wisely and thoughtfully for each activity.
Various life experience has taught us the management of time, but it is as if many of us are dull in learning and understanding. When doctor gives us medication for treating our ailments, he always states the time interval of the usage of the medicine. It could be one tablet one, or two or three times a day. If we really want to be cure of the ailment, we have to follow the instruction of the doctor. A diabetic patient cannot miss the administration of insulin at the scheduled time. So also, an asthmatic patient cannot go out without inhaler. It is always handy within the reach of the patient because the situation of the patient is time sensitive that requires proper and efficient management of time. Whether we like it or not, we always have time to eat when we are hungry. The nature would remind us of the word of the preacher—there is time for every purpose under heaven. We always find time to go to the toilet to do number one or two—to urinate or to defecate. Therefore, if we say we have no time, it means we sincerely have problem in managing our time efficiently to do what is needful for our lives and for the glory of God.
Because of poor management of time, many do not have time to worship God. They are too busy to say, thank you Lord unto the Heavenly Father that put them to sleep and wake them up in the morning. “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” (Psalm 3:5) They do not have time to say, “Good morning to the Creator of the Day.” “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) They do not remember to worship the Living God that give them power to make wealth, because they do not have time. “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18) Many considered it as unintelligent idea to table the plans of our lives before the Heavenly Father Who had assured us his blessings, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
Every human being possesses the right to the inheritance in the mansion above in the eternity of rest but not everyone has the ticket for the glorious journey to the kingdom of God. The ticket to the kingdom of God is not death as it is perceived by many people. The ticket is salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3,5) Nicodemus humbly and obediently took to the counsel of our Lord Jesus Christ in good faith. He looked for quality time out of his busy schedules on earth to embrace salvation through Christ and become a born again child of God. You may soon be preparing for your last journey on earth, do you have time to put your house in order? Have you managed your time very well like Nicodemus and ensured that you did the needful things and have your ticket to God’s kingdom handy with you? Remember that you have more than enough precious time on earth to reconsider your ways. Make your path right with God today in repentance of your sins and reconciliation with your Creator. Today is the appointed time, please embrace salvation today.
Prayer: Oh, Merciful Father grant me the grace to truly appreciate the preciousness of time so that I can effectively manage my time wisely and thoughtfully in order to take the needful spiritual steps that will facilitate a place for me in your Kingdom. Oh Lord, endow me the grace to gratefully cling to the grace of Salvation and walk before you with an upright heart in Jesus name, Amen.