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The Mystery of Time


Grasping God's Timing

Grasping God's Timing
Grasping God's Timing

Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. - Isaiah 45:11(NKJV) 

If you’re like me and can guarantee that you’re not from the tribe of Issachar, how can we understand the times? How can we know what to do? Should we try to identify the modern descendants of Issachar and ask them for directions? Otherwise, what are we supposed to do? Well, I have some good news to share. God’s message to us is simple, “just ask”.  Ask Him of things to come and make requests concerning the work of His hands. He doesn’t want to keep His own children in the dark because He knows the value of this information to our success in life. Before we dig into specifics let’s recap a bit.   

He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11(AMP) 

God’s plan is eternal. It spans from before time began through the fullness of time to eternity. Still, God planted His divine purpose in the human heart. This means that inside each of us is the need to fit into eternity. We know that our lives don’t exist in a vacuum and that’s without anybody ever telling us that. That sense of divine purpose is innate to our humanity. We want to know where we fit in God’s plan and where His plan for us fits into His eternal plan. That’s why we need to grasp God’s timing. It’s important to know the why, what and how of life but that’s not enough. It’s also important to know when. God’s timing is inextricably tied to God’s eternal plan within which we must fit God’s purpose for each of us. 


Wait for God's Time

Tapping Into The Anointing

So Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come; but any time is right for you. The world cannot hate you [since you are part of it], but it does hate Me because I denounce it and testify that its deeds are evil. Go up to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.” - John 7:6-8(AMP) 

Jesus waited until it was God’s opportune time to launch into public ministry. That didn’t happen until after His baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River (Matthew 3:13-17). He was willing to endure thirty years of relative obscurity just so that He would not get ahead of His Father’s heavenly schedule. In hindsight, it seems like an easy feat but when you think about it from His perspective you’ll realize how challenging it was.  

As you read Luke 12:41-50, you will receive insight into the wisdom of Jesus as a twelve year-old boy. He went to the temple in Jerusalem on His own and engaged the Hebrew scholars in deep conversation. When challenged by His mother, He made it clear that He was about His Father’s business. This demonstrated His supernatural wisdom and strong sense of purpose from a very young age. It’s not like He didn’t know His identity nor was He unsure of His spiritual authority at that age. He just understood that He needed to wait until the time was right for Him to step out in a big way.  

How was He able to contain Himself for another eighteen years before revealing His identity to the world? The writer of Hebrews 4:15 said that Jesus understands our weaknesses because He faced the same temptations that we do. Hence, we must all understand that it was also a struggle for Jesus. He had to tamp down His emotions and keep His ego in check while waiting on His turn for glory. Like Jesus and all who came after Him, you also must wait for your time.

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Cyclical/ Seasonal Time

Cyclical/ Seasonal Time

Certain things take place after regular intervals of time; the sun sets and rises in one day; spring, summer, fall, and winter repeat in one year. Many trees only bear fruit during certain times of the year. With each season comes associated expectations. They are predictable and can be maximized with proper planning. 

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” - Genesis 8:22(NKJV) 

Spring comes after winter. If you're tired of winter, you can't force spring to come any faster, you must wait for it. That's just the way it is and there's nothing you can do about it while the earth remains. You are also subject to cyclical time. When the sun rises, it's morning time and when the sun sets, it's evening time. The sun won't set in the morning or rise in the evening. That's how time works, and you're bound to it. Certain things don't happen unless the season is right for them to happen. 

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. - Psalm 1:1-3(NKJV) 

You can only bring forth fruit in the season designated for that fruit. A revelation of that will change your life for the better. It will help you to curb your expectations to match the season of your life. It will save you from disappointment and frustration. It will cause you to focus your energy in the right direction. There's a season to sow and a season to reap. If you sow during your planting season you can be confident that you will reap in your harvest season. Also, depending on what you sowed you can set your expectations for the appropriate harvest at the appropriate time. 

There's a season to work and a season to rest. If you work during your resting season you won't make it through your working season. There's a season to start certain things and a season to end them. There's a season to go to certain places and a season to leave them forever. Since there's a season for everything, you're always in the season for something. What season are you in right now? Live like you’re in that season. 


A Purpose for your Time

A Purpose for your Time

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” - Revelation 6:9-10(NKJV) 

The martyrs asked God a very specific question. How long would it take before God executes judgment on those who did them wrong? A simple answer would have been something like, “Two days, two months, two years, etc.” That’s typically how you answer a question that asks how long before something happens. You use chronological time. Here’s the answer. 

Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. - Revelation 6:11(NKJV) 

The martyrs asked a question about time and received a response that had nothing to do with a clock or calendar. God said, “You want to know how long it will take for me to execute judgment? It will take as long as it takes for a pre-determined number of your fellow servants and brethren to die in the Great Tribulation.” This type of time is measured by a pre-determined sequence of events. In this case, it is the Great Tribulation. (See Revelation 7:9-17) 

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what 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; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, 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(NKJV) 

To every purpose, there is an associated time. The converse is also true. To every time there is an associated purpose. Though time is typically measured by the clock or the calendar, it should always be associated with a purpose. In other words, if I ask, “What time is it?” The answer is not just 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM. Tell me the purpose. It’s time to write; for promotion; to heal; to sow, etc. This fits into a pattern in scripture where in certain cases, God’s schedule is based on an associated purpose rather than chronological time. 


Wait for Your "Set" Time

Wait for Your "Set" Time

“Where is your father?” they asked. Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come. - John 8:19-20(NLT) (Emphasis mine) 

Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Could our leaders possibly believe that he is the Messiah? But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.” While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.” Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. - John 7:25-30(NLT) (Emphasis mine) 

Yes, Jesus humbly accepted the cross but that didn’t mean He could be killed at any moment. Whether they knew it or not, every human being on the earth at the time that Jesus lived had to respect God’s set time for His death. Who had the power to take the life of Jesus before His time had come? Nobody. They couldn’t even arrest Him before His time had come. He was the giver of life and until He was ready to give His own life nobody could take it.  

At the time of His arrest, He said to Peter in Matthew 26:52-54(NLT); “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” 

In John 7:1-9, Jesus knew His "set" time and refused to let His brothers talk Him into getting ahead of His Father's schedule. The time had not come for Him to reveal Himself to the masses so instead of going to the festival He stayed home. That's a perfect example of how we should apply our own understanding of our "set" time. If you know that your time has not come for something, don't get ahead of God. How can you be so sure? First, listen to God's Voice. If He doesn't tell you it's time to move, it's not time to move. Second, look for God's open door. He won't ask you to do something without first opening the door for you to do it. When He opens the door and tells you to walk through it, it's your "set" time. Until then, wait. 


Respect God’s Chronological Timing

Rely On God's Timing
Respect God's Chronological Timing

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. - Psalm 139:13-16(NLT)

The immeasurable complexity and precision of creation continue to baffle the most advanced scientists. From the precise orbit and rotation of the earth for the sustenance of human life to the mind-boggling electrical impulses in the human brain that translate into thoughts God has established His inventive superiority. His creative genius is beyond our understanding and His attention to detail cannot be understated. He didn’t just create simple beings. He created the most complex ecosystems, then placed the most complex beings within them with the ability to replicate themselves.  

This begs the question; If God is so detail-oriented in His approach to the physical makeup of created systems and beings, would He not be similarly detailed about time itself? Before you were born, God laid your life out in His book with daily entries. Even when things appear to be random, they’re not. God operates by a schedule. Remember, He’s the same God who created the heavens and the earth as well as every living creature living within them. He wasn’t random with anything else so why would He be random with the circumstances of your life?  

Imagine God has a large control room in heaven with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, multiple switchboards, screens, sensors, and timers. From that room, He monitors the lives of each human being, constantly evaluating them against pre-set sequences of events that He designed. The circumstances He planned for each person fits into His eternal plan for all of mankind. These circumstances also interact in predetermined ways with His plans for all other people.  

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. - Romans 8:28(NLT) 

As we go through life and make decisions to obey or disobey God’s directions He is constantly adjusting and re-adjusting the controls to ensure that everything works out the right way in the end. Due to His omniscience, He can restore what was lost during seasons of disobedience or ignorance. Not just that, He knows how to place people right back to the place they are supposed to be in His plan at any given time. He doesn’t need to move us back to where we strayed from His Will, He can reconcile our past, stabilize our present and fast forward to the future where we would be, had we done everything right. This is what I refer to later in the book as redeeming our time.

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God’s Kingdom is Everlasting

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God’s Kingdom is Everlasting

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. - Matthew 6:13 (NKJV) 

Jesus said in John 18:36 that His Kingdom is not of this world. Then Apostle Paul describes the heroes of our faith in Hebrews 11:13 as strangers and pilgrims on this earth and Apostle Peter echoed the sentiment in 1 Peter 2:11. Jesus said in Matthew 16:19-20 not to lay up for yourselves treasures on earth but in heaven. In the same way, Apostle Paul said we should set our minds on things above and not on things on the earth in Colossians 3:2. All throughout the scriptures, we are instructed to stay focused on that which is everlasting, starting first and foremost with the Kingdom of God. 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18(NKJV) 

As we bring this chapter to a close, let’s remember that the natural realm is bound by the limits of time. Everything that physically exists has a physical beginning and a physical ending. Nothing physically lasts forever. Afflictions are seasonal, weeping endures for a night and tough times have an expiration date. They exist within the natural realm so at some point in time they must end. Never let what you see distract you from what God is doing in your life because what you see with your natural eyes is temporary. Keep your inner eyes fixed on eternity. There’s an eternal weight of glory awaiting you if you choose to remain faithful to the God of the unseen. 


God's Reign is Everlasting

“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.” - Exodus 15:18(NKJV) 

I’m from the democratic republic of Trinidad and Tobago where the most powerful position is the Prime Minister. We also have a President who, though ranked higher, does not run the day-to-day operations of the country but plays a mostly ceremonial role in leadership. The term for each Prime Minister is five years without term limits. Hence, the same person can be elected over and over.  

On election night in 2015, the early results pointed to a victory for the incumbent political party, United National Congress. Then, as more votes were counted, it swung in the direction of their main rival, People’s National Movement, who were ultimately victorious. What was a major victory for one group of people turned out to be a devastating defeat for another.  Nevertheless, even in defeat, those on the losing end could pick up the pieces and prepare for the next election in 2020. Why? Every five years, the people of Trinidad and Tobago get to choose who they want in political leadership. 

There are many similarities to the political process in the United States, but things are done a bit differently. I will never forget the night in November 2016 when Mr. Donald Trump, the businessman, and reality television star became President Trump, the most powerful political figure in the world. My wife, Angel and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning watching the results roll in from each state.  

Even though the numbers looked all night like President Trump would win, it was so unlikely that we just thought somehow the results would suddenly flip. Alas, it never happened. Eventually, the election results were called by the major television networks. In an instant, the United States was destined for the leadership of President Donald Trump for the next four years. Again, one group of Americans was totally elated by the results while another group was completely devastated. Fortunately, four years later in the November 2020 election, they would have the opportunity to confirm the decision of 2016 or correct it. 

That’s how things work in this world. Nobody reigns forever. In democracies, any leader can be replaced during an election. In dictatorships and monarchies, while people don’t get to choose their leaders, in the end, the dictator, king or queen eventually dies. We can confidently say that nobody reigns forever because nobody lives forever. Well, that’s not entirely true. While that statement may be true about earthly rulers, it’s not true about the everlasting reign of our immortal God. Throughout human history, many dictators or monarchs dreamed of remaining in power forever, but they had to die one day. So, the longest they can possibly reign is their lifetime. That’s why God’s eternal reign is so special. He outlasts every Pharaoh, Caesar, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, or anyone else whose power seems unchecked for a very long time. 

Amid life’s biggest challenges, you must remind yourself that God still sits on the throne. While it may seem at the time like the enemy is winning or his evil human agents have the upper hand, nothing can change God’s position as the King of kings and Lord of lords. This should reassure you that The Lord, whose authority has no limit, is fully aware of what you’re going through and can intervene when He sees fit.  

If you keep that in mind, you will be able to make it through anything. I know that’s much easier said than done but what’s important to remember is that you don’t have a choice. It must be done if you want to survive and even thrive during the storms of life. I have personally used this approach in my own life, and it has helped me through my own challenging experiences. Your problems might loom large for a season but remember that the same eternal God who lives inside of you will outlast them so you should too. His reign is everlasting. 

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Know Your Age

Know Your Age

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14(NKJV) 

It’s important to understand the age you are living in and the generation you are called to serve. That understanding will help shape how you accomplish God’s Will for your life. During a time of great personal struggle, Mordecai had to remind Esther of her age. He didn’t have to remind her of how old she was but of the generation or age she was living in. God put her in a position of influence at that time for one purpose only, to save His people from certain death. Like any of us, she had cold feet when her window of opportunity opened but thank God she was not alone. What about you? 

Do you know your age? What does your generation need that God has called you to do? Why are you alive during this season and what are you doing about it? One of my favorite books is called “Well Done”. I wrote it at a time when God was intensely working on my heart about my purpose. He led me through the scriptures in order to better understand how He chooses to work through certain key individuals during pivotal periods of human history. He also bridged the gap between His gifts and calling in Romans 11:29. Simply put; God won’t call you to do something He didn’t gift you to do and He won’t give you any gifts without calling you to use them for His purpose. 

Even though the broad definition of a generation is between 30 and 40 years, God’s purpose in your life is broken down into much smaller segments. Hence, you don’t just need to know your age or generation from a big picture, life-time perspective. You need to know the specific season you are in right now even if it’s one year or one month long. As I write this book, I am in a completely different season of my life than I was merely 2 years ago. Only recently, has God slammed the door open for me to do something of significance with my engineering career. Like Esther, I must move quickly to accomplish His Will in this area of my life.  

I recently sat down with two young engineers from my office who asked me to have lunch with them and share my “success” story. I told them about God’s grace and favor in my life. I let them know about the obstacles I faced and how God showed me the way out. I encouraged them to make the most of their youth and to never let someone else define the limits of their success. They sought me out, not because I was a pastor but because I was an engineer operating successfully within that sphere of influence. That is part of serving my generation, it’s a small part, but it’s part, nonetheless. What about you? What are you doing to serve your generation? How are you making use of this dimension of your time? Remember, know your age! 


Times Are Changing

Times Are Changing

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.” - Daniel 2:20-23(NKJV) 

The ability to clearly discern the wisdom and might of God is one of the most valuable gifts you could ever receive from God. With so many voices speaking contradicting versions of the truth, it’s difficult to know who or what to believe. Fortunately, Daniel was gifted by God with the insight he needed right on time. God chose to reveal deep and secret things to him, and it opened the door for him to provide value to kings for the rest of his life. I believe that God wants to do the same thing for us. What you have in your hand is the result of God opening the scriptures and shining His light on some dark areas of our understanding. As you read these words expect The Lord to illuminate your mind with deep truths that will leave an indelible mark on your psyche. 

Yet, before this book could have been released, the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world and changed everything. While the health impacts became increasingly evident, people across the globe were introduced to the concept of social (physical) distancing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). With a plethora of stay-at-home orders by local jurisdictions, many of us were forced to rethink how we spend our time. We could not go to our work-places. We had to close the doors of our churches. We cancelled our vacations. We cancelled all social events. We had one option; stay home. It’s like God changed the times and seasons we were living in and we walked into a dimension of our existence we had never experienced before. 

What started as one of the busiest and potentially most productive years of our generation suddenly ground to a halt. People who never had any free time to do anything, but sleep, eat and work had gaping holes in their calendars. It’s like the earth stopped moving and even though the clock kept ticking, it sure didn’t feel like it. People struggled to reconcile the experience of their new reality. So much so, that many lamented on social media that they did not know what to do with their time. It’s like COVID-19 exposed the truth about how much of our Western society operates. We do so many activities daily that we barely have time to hear our own thoughts. Then, when all that we do is stripped away and we get the time back, we lose our sense of identity. For some reason, what we do with our time is intricately related to who we are. Hopefully, that experience reshaped how people see their time. I know it did for me. 

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