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. 

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