There is an unfathomable mystery about time. Man needs time to do all things on earth. Popular parlance says, “Time is money.” The best flavor in cooking industry is the invisible ‘time’ ingredient. When all the ingredients are put together in a pot on the burner, timeliness is the secret of best cooking to get the best taste. If you over cooked, or under cooked the expected taste will be lost. The Book of Ecclesiastes put it beautifully, and says, “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 kill and a time to heal. 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.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT)
Humanity could measure time in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and years. Time can also be measured by day and night. At times we measure it in terms of the four seasons of the year-namely, summer, fall, winter and spring. Our wrist watches and wall clocks are some of the many instruments that we can use to measure time. Yes, man can measure time, we can mark our calendars for future events that we may desire to participate in, we can set the phone alarm to alert us at a specific future time, but man cannot roll back the time and return to the time of life in order to cause a specific action to manifest. Humanity is never in control of actualizing an event at a specified future time. Only God Almighty, the Master of Time and Seasons can return to the time of life and cause miracles to manifest. It is the Heavenly Father only can decide the end-result of an event years ahead of its beginning. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10) “No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel can prevail against the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:30)
Abraham received heavenly visitation. After he had extended a befitting hospitable gesture towards them, the heavenly host asked him, “Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore, Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:9-14) The glory of God was miraculously manifested according to the time of life in the life of Abraham and Serah. Serah conceived in her extremely advanced age and had baby Isaac without cesarean procedure.
The Shunamite woman was at first doubtful about the working miracle of the Master of time. She was a barren woman until she came across the man of God, Elisha. She was of the thought that the hope of having a child had already gone. The man of God said, “About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.” (2 Kings 4:16-17) But the man of God of the Master of Time assured her, that she will have a child by this season of the following year, and it came to pass. Joy filled her heart.
As time pass by, suddenly in a certain day, the well-beloved son of the Shunamite woman fell sick and died in the hand of his mother. Obviously she was devastated but she pulled herself together. The Shunamite woman remembered how she was blessed with the child. She did not lose hope and did not give up, because now, she understood the working miracle of the Master of Time. She carried the dead child and laid him on the bed of the man of God Elisha in his room. She then saddled an ox and traveled a distance of about 53 kilometers away from Shunem to meet the man of God at Mount Carmel to tell him that her only son had passed away. Elisha, the man of God traveled another 53 kilometers from Mount Carmel back to Shunem with her. When “Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. (2 Kings 4:32-33) He sought the face of God for the resuscitation of the dead child. The Lord honored the prayer of His servant and returned to the dead child according to the time of life and brought him back to life.
Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha was sick and eventually died. He was buried in sepulcher. Four days after Lazarus burial, Jesus Christ came to the city. Jesus knew ahead of time that Lazarus was dead because He said to the disciples, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John 11:11) The disciples did not seem to understand that Jesus Christ was telling them that Lazarus was dead. Bethany was about two miles away to Jerusalem. Jesus Christ eventually came to Bethany in the house of Mary and Martha. Both of them said, if you had been here on time their brother, Lazarus would not have died. “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25) He asked Mary where Lazarus was laid, they showed Him the grave. “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, ‘Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?’” (John 11:39-40) Jesus Christ prayed, and with a loud voice He cried, “Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:43) Immediately, the decomposed stinking body of Lazarus received a divine quickening. The Master of Time returned to him according to the time of life. Lazarus came alive out of the sepulcher on his own.
One important thing we must remember, “When our faith is standing upon the word of God we should firmly wait on Him and never allow it to dissipate into doubt. As we walk hand in hand with God, the Master of Time, we need to fully trust in the efficacy of His word because He had never failed. The Lord, the Master of Time returned to Abraham and Sarah to bless them with baby Isaac in their old age after it had ceased to be with them the ability to conceive. The Shunammite woman received the blessing of the womb and also her dead child was brought back to life by divine intervention of God. The Lord returned to the dry bones of the house of Israel according to the time of life and the dry bones came back to life. “So, I prophesied as He had commanded me, and the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet—a vast army.” (Ezekiel 37:10) The Lord returned to the dead body of Lazarus miraculously after ninety-six hours (four days) in the grave he was raised from dead. Jesus Christ Himself resurrected from the grave after three days. He is now in His glory in the right hand of authority of God. He had assured us that our mortal body will rise again at rapture. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on in saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:52-54)
Waiting upon the Lord is time sensitive. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) The Lord will renew your strength as you faithfully wait upon Him. Seeking the face of the Lord is time sensitive. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) You will find the mercy and compassion of God as you seek His face with all your heart. The Master of Time, the ever-present Miracle Working God, will surely return to His people according to the time of life and empower you to rapture when the trumpet shall sound. Your faith in God is time sensitive because without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6) I humbly plead that you exhibit God pleasing faithfulness as you walk with Him.
Prayer: Oh, Merciful Father, as you endow me with the grace to wait upon you, as you encourage me to seek your face and as Your word inspired me to please You with my faith, please return unto me according to the time of life and deal with me in your mercy and compassion, renew my strength so that I will not faint in all aspect of my life in Jesus name, Amen.