Monday, December 26, 2011

A NEW YEAR: How Much Time Do You Have? (Part One)

Another year has come to a close.  Another new year has begun.  Is it just me, or do you also feel that time goes by quickly?  The changing of one year to another certainly makes us think about “time”, does it not?  Our creator God exists in eternity, outside of time.  Time is meaningless in eternity.  Time is part of the physical universe and we, therefore, live in time.  God has given an equal amount of time to each of us every day.  Have you used your time wisely?  Was there a time when you were saved from your sins and the wrath to come?  The Bible, the Word of God, has much to say about “time”. We read for example, in the book of(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) “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 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 keep silence and a time to speak, a time of war, and a time of peace”. It reminds us of the affairs of life to which each of us have experience.  There are many other things the Bible has to say about “time”.  There are five particular aspects of time that are mentioned in the Word of God that we will be looking at in the next few posts:
 
1. THE ALLOTMENT OF TIME – We each have a divine allotment of time.
2. THE PASSING OF TIME – Time passes by quickly.
3. THE MISUSE OF TIME – Time is often misused or  wasted
4. THE FULNESS OF TIME – The time when God’s Savior came into the world.
5. THE ACCEPTED TIME – The time of when God’s salvation is to be received.
 
 
1. The Allotment of Time
 
We read in (Psalms 90:10,12) “The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70), and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80), yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away”. We are reminded from these words of the “divine allotment of time” for mankind, for each of us.  We are reminded too, of the frailty of life, its shortness of 70 to 80 years in normal circumstances.  How short life is in the light of eternity. Why is it so?  The answer is a word of three letters – SIN.  Note (verses 7 & 8) of this Psalm, “We are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled”.  “Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance”. God knows we are sinners by nature and by practice. God is able to see our sins and our sinful acts, even our “secret” sins.  It says in (Job 14:5) that God has set bounds on the life of man. “His days are determined, the number of his months is with Thee, and Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass”.  And (Psalm 31:15) “My times are in thy hand”. Our times are in the hand of God.  (Job12:10) speaks about the hand of God and says “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind”.  Many people do not get 70 years, for one reason or another. A walk through almost any cemetery will make this very apparent. The prophet Isaiah, being sick, recognized his time of life would be shortened and said (Isaiah 38:10) “I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave, I am deprived of the residue of my years”.  There is “a time to die”, as we mentioned above.  None of us know when that day will be. It says in (James 4:14a) “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow”.  How important it is, therefore, to be saved, to be ready for eternity, to be prepared to meet God.   

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