In sports timing makes or breaks a team as well as individual athletes. Knowing when to throw a pass, kick for a goal, shoot for a basket or keep the pace rather than sprint is the unseen advantage of an outstanding competitor. Perfect timing is a constant goal tested and displayed on the fields and courts of sport competition.
Our timeless God assures us that there is a time for everything – a season for each activity found on earth. In Ecclesiastes 3 “the teacher” (believed to be King Solomon) penned this list of 14 opposing TIME TESTINGS:
a time to be born and a time to die - a time to plant and a time to uproot
a time to kill and a time to heal - a time to tear down and a time to build
a time to weep and a time to laugh - a time to mourn and a time to dance
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing
a time to search and a time to give up - a time to keep and a time to throw it away
a time to tear and a time to mend – a time to be silent and a time to speak a time to love and a time to hate - a time for war and a time for peace
As a wise man of God, Solomon not only pointed out the opposing times in life but he was given wisdom to determine which was right for the season as reported in this scripture...
“He had wisdom from God to make the right decisions.” I Kings 2:28 NCV
What time is it? Should I do this or that? Only God knows His time for everything under the sun. However, Christ promised to provide us with the Holy Spirit who enables us to distinguish what time it is…the ultimate secret to making wise decisions.
TESTING THE TIME REQUIRES RESTING IN CHRIST.
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