How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
The LORD God brought out of nothing something that had never
before existed, “God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the
heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs ,
and for seasons, and for days, and years (Gen 1:14). God created
great lights and commanded them to orbit around each other in a
cyclical motion to mark off specific periods; thereby He established
time!
Man was created to operate within this element known as time, “in
process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the
ground an offering unto the LORD” (Gen 4:3).
Clearly, the LORD God uses time in His dealings with humanity. Notice
how God spoke to Abraham with respect to time, “my covenant will I
establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in
the next year (Gen 17:21). God set out to bring about His promises to
Abraham using His cyclical apparatus that marks off time. Through that
period, God essentially initiated major changes in Abraham’s life!
It is clear that God uses the agency of time as He causes beneficial change to
take place. However, God Himself is not bound by the constraints of time, “ I
am the LORD, I change not (Mal 3:6). We can conclude therefore that
physical time is a necessity in order to cause change in human beings.
There is nothing more important to us than time! Time is the measure of our human lives;
we measure everything using the elements in time. The quality of our lives is determined
by the effective use of our time. Every single one of us has the exact same 24 hours in the
day! Time is a quantity that we all share in common. We all operate by the same unit of
time. Time is unlike money or body fat or intelligence. We all experience the same
amount of time! You may not realize it at first, but what you have
done with your time in the past is exactly what has made you what you
are today! If you spent all of your time focusing on sports you became
a sports buff. If you spent all of your time watching soap operas your
life became a soap opera. If you spent all of your time practicing
music you will became a musician. We become whatever we
continually spend our time doing.
Eternity
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Time
How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
God created all things and placed humanity within the limited and finite confines of this
entity called time. However, God does not live within the limitations and restrictions of
time! Essentially, time could be defined as an interruption in eternity! Therefore, time is a
piece of eternity which has been carved out; it is in essence a slice taken out of eternity.
Eternity cannot be measured; therefore the illustration of time being a slice out of eternity
is not entirely correct. However, if we will think of time as if it were a slice out of eternity
we can get a clearer concept regarding how humans are shaped by time.
In essence, eternity is timelessness! God stepped out on nothning on the edge of nowhere
before anything ever existed. In that bizarre and unfathomable environment which our
finite minds can barely grasp, God created a mechanism which had both a beginning and an
end and He called that entity, “time.” This mechanism called time was taken out of His
existence (eternity) and it was set in motion, “I am God, and there is none like me, 10
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet
done” (Isa 46:9-10). However, God does not live in that entity which He had created. He
lives in eternity ! One of His names is (Yahweh 'Eel Owlaam) which in the Hebrew means
the Eternal or the Everlasting God .
We have already observed from the Book of Genesis that God created the elements which
would frame time, “God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide
the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and
years” (Gen 1:14). God created and set in motion these luminous heavenly bodies that
disperse light, and He set them in the heavens that they would be “ for seasons, and for
days, and years. ” God saw the intrinsic value in these heavenly bodies, “And God set them
in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and
over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness” (Gen 1:17-18). Notice how the
end of that verse reveals God attitude toward these heavenly bodies that were used to mark
off time, “ and God saw that it was good. ” The heavenly bodies that
mark off time are resplendent with orderliness, harmonics and
rhythm; they move in exact motion and are extremely predictable.
We humans can learn noble lessons from the predictability of these
heavenly cycles. We will focus more on this concept later in the
Bible Study.
The Bible teaches that the essence of “time” proved to be a beneficial
entity to God’s purposes! He would use it as a measurement for all
physical things. God planned to create humanity and through this
entity called “time,” He could remove the living human family out
from eternity! God did not want this human family, which He was planning to create in
His own image, to live in eternity until the man was prepared for the requirements of living
in eternity! The very fact that God was equipped to remove man out from eternity is proof
that the Creator was not surprised by the fall of Adam. Man, (without the “tree of life”)
was created to live within the bounds and the limits of time!
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Time
How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
In actual fact, it requires less character to live in time than to live in eternity! When we live
in time we have the ability to experience change. In essence, through change we can move
from that which is unprofitable toward that which is beneficial. Through the mechanism of
time, we literally change our physical circumstances; we can grow in character; we can
develop understanding never before known; we can “ grow in grace, and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). In stark contrast to living in time
when one exists in eternity things never change. We have already observed that while God
uses time for change, God Himself is not bound by the constraints of time; therefore He
does not change, “I am the LORD, I change not ” (Mal 3:6). Paul teaches us regarding the
glorified nature of our Savior, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever
(Heb 13:8). Essentially, Jesus never changes! Now consider this powerful concept about
eternity: Whatever you take with you into eternity, you will have for eternity! If you take
a headache into eternity, you will have a headache for eternity! If you take resentment into
eternity, you will have resentment for eternity! If you take joy into eternity, you will have
joy for eternity! And let’s face it, eternity lasts forever!
There is a vast difference between “ time ” and “ eternity !” This is why Paul wrote, “our
light affliction, which is but for a moment (Paul used the word “moment” to describe the
shortness of time.) , worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal (Now Paul contrasts
that short moment with eternity.) weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which
are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal ;
but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor 4:17-18). Jesus taught a remarkable
lesson about an unquenchable fire, “if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to
enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall
be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:43-44).
I used to think, “Well no one can quench that fire; but it will eventually burn itself out.”
However, that concept was incorrect because that specific fire is an eternal fire! The
scriptures teach that there is an eternal fire, “It shall not be quenched night nor day; the
smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none
shall pass through it for ever and ever” (Isa 34:10). The point is that anything that enters
into eternity last forever!
We have heard the story over and over that Adam and His wife disobeyed God. However
we may have missed a relevant point, “now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the
tree of life , and eat, and live for ever : 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the
garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man;
and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which
turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life ” (Gen 3:22-24). God lovingly
protected the man from getting to the “tree of life” (this was a tree which produced fruit
leading to eternal life!), lest (This word conveys an “exclusion” which clearly means
something that God did not want to happen to the human family!) he put forth his hand, and
take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever! ” God obviously did not want the
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
man to live forever in the condition of being a sinner! God was protecting the man from
living forever under the condition of sin ! God protected man as a sinner from eating an
eternal fruit! He did this so that Adam would not be an eternal sinner. God set up these
conditions so He could save Adam from his sin! That is why we read that Jesus was, “the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world ” (Rev 13:8). The very fact that Jesus was
slain “ before the foundation of the world ” gives us evidence that Jesus obviously lives
outside of the time domain! He, spoke of experiencing things which are obviously beyond
time’s normal constraints, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was , I am
(John 8:58).
God uses time as an agent for change! One of the best statements that we humans can ever
make is, “ I used to ___________ ! ” You can fill in that blank with whatever is true for
you: “be broke;” “be sick;” “be an alcoholic;” “have a temper;” etc. Whatever ill condition
that we experience will not last forever as long as we live in time! Problems don’t last
forever, “weeping may endure for a night , but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps 30:5). As
long as we are living in time (days, weeks, months, and seasons) there is the definite hope
for the morning! We may have to live through difficult nasty seasons; however, the
existence of time continually ensures to all of us that our present experience is never
permanent! This fact alone ought to be a great encouragement to all of us.
Everything in time has a season; this is an irrevocable law established by God, “To every
thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccl 3:1). Seasons
come and go; however, one thing is for certain, seasons end. Time allows for the closure of
seasons: I used to work at a school district; I used to have small children; I used to live in
Pueblo, Colorado. However, seasons change as time brings closure to seasons. Time
ensures that we may continually move further and further away from anything that is not
profitable or beneficial. Time is a healer! There was a time when I could not speak of how
my mother’s cancer had taken her life without being overcome by a strong feeling of
sorrow and mourning. Today, I can speak of that event and not feel the same pain.
Without time there is no “past,” “present,” or “future!” Time creates these three phases of
our existence. Time separates our present from our history; however and more importantly,
time allows us to formulate our destiny! Out of our choices today, we can effect the
tomorrows of our future and thereby create whatever histories we choose! Reread that
statement! Can you begin to recognize merely a slice of that eternal nature within us? If
you are not as slim today as you may have wished last year, I have good news for you!
You can choose today what you want to become next year. And in two years you can look
back on next year’s accomplishment as a beneficial history out of your past. Time gives
you the power to choose any new history in your future that you may long to experience!
We must understand the purpose of time! We have already read, “To every thing t here is a
season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccl 3:1). Every purpose is
attached to a season and a time. This means that there is a purpose for you in your life; you
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“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
have a purpose to fulfill. There is a time and a season for everything! The car you drive is
only for a season; one day that season will be gone. The house you live in is only for a
season; one day that season will be gone. There is a time and a season for the job that you
presently hold; one day that season will be gone. These things are true of “ EVERYTHING !”
This changing seasons concept should bring you great comfort and confidence. Everything
that does not exist in eternity endures only for a season. This means that you cannot loose
with God! God has laid a burden upon every man and woman. He has made a time of
maturity for everyting, “I have seen the travail, (burden) which God hath given to the sons
of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful (mature) in his (its)
time” (Eccl 3:10-11). Let’s examine those two verses more closely. The New King James
Version is probably a more expressive translation for out purposes, “I have seen the God-
given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything
beautiful (mature) in its time” (Eccl 3:10-11). Have you ever had the desire to eat a piece
of fruit that was plucked out of season? You know what I mean; fruit that is still green and
unripe. How does that fruit present itself to you? Obviously, it is bitter! Nature teaches us
that there is always bitterness before the appointed time of ripening! Moses had the right
purpose of deliverance in mind but the wrong timing when he killed the Egyptians who
beat the Hebrew slaves. Have you ever lived through a life-experience that turned into
bitterness? Most likely it was because that life experience was out of proper season. We
all have lived through this kind of an experience. Any of our bitter experiences of the past
(which were not sin) may not have necessarily been wrong in themselves; they were
probably just out of season! Sin has its own distinctive bitterness! Those bitter
experiences may have been our desires expressing themselves out of season. Our urges are
not necessarily signs for us to move forward; rather, the urge is probably a sign for us to
prepare for movement. The desire in and of itself is not necessarily an instruction; it may
simply be advice to prepare for the future. Everything has its” time! We must become
aware that we need to learn to operate properly within seasons and cycles. Fruit trees do
not produce fruit during winter! Even if somehow a tree would produce fruit during the
winter, the fruit could not survive the cold! So too, we humans must wait for proper
seasons of fruitfulness and a season is by definition a prolonged period of fruitfulness.
Now let’s continue with the verse from the Book of Ecclesiastics which we started with
earlier, “also he hath set the world (eternity) in their heart , so that no man can find out the
work that God maketh from the beginning to the end ” (Eccl 3:10-11). God set’s eternity
in the hearts of men! Now this is a real paradox. Let’s try to understand this. God has
essentially taken our “finished life” and backed up and placed that “end” in our
“beginning!” We actually live this life with an innate ability to formulate pictures of our
ultimate purpose. For this reason we have dreams! Essentially, we have eternity trapped
inside of us. Remember that time is merely a slice out of eternity!
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
We have the ability to dream; therefore, at times we have the ability to perceive our end
that is trapped within. What we need to do is to take that image of our
end and “seasonalize” it; what do I mean by that? The Bible teaches
that, “To every thing there is a season , and a time to every purpose
under the heaven” (Eccl 3:1). No one who journeys arrives at his/her
end without going through the necessary middle steps. Knowing this
helps us to realize that we do not need to push in order to reach our
purpose. Our appointed times will naturally arrive, just as everything
is made ripe in its season. We simply need to keep on doing the thing
that is right for the present season. Since there is no need to hurry, we
shouldn’t do anything negative in an attempt to get to something
positive! As seasons change, maturation naturally takes place. Next we need to realize that
our purpose will protect us!
The New International Version renders a verse from the book of Job in a rather profound
manner; the verse says, “ Man's days are determined ; you have decreed the number of his
months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5) (NIV). God has set a limit on our
months and days. David wrote, “So teach us to number (account for) our days , that we
may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps 90:12). What does it mean that we should
“account” for our days? Let’s develop this concept more completely. Notice what Jesus
told His mother when pressed, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet
come ” (John 2:4). Many other times during His ministry Jesus said that His “time had not
yet come.” This means that He recognized that a specific timeframe was associated with
everything that He did. During those instances when he spoke of His time not yet having
come, He realized that there was a proper time for doing certain specific things. In one
instance, Jesus actually walked through the midst of a crowd, which was intent upon
throwing him off of a cliff. He was supernaturally able to walk through the people because
it was not His time to die. He had a purpose to fulfill, “to everything there is a purpose!
Jesus envisioned His end or His purpose; He understood that His purpose was to come to
the earth and to die as a sacrifice for mankind! His purpose could not be accomplished by
being thrown off of a cliff by some hastily assembled and unruly crowd. Consider, Jesus
was supernaturally protected so that He could perform His purpose; is this true of others?
Let’s observe an example during the lifetime of the Apostle Paul. After Paul’s arrest in
Jerusalem, he was placed on a ship that was bound for Italy; Paul had been sent to Rome so
he could stand trial before Caesar. Along their way in the seas near the island of Crete as
they sailed close by a place called “the Fair heavens,” Paul warned the centurion and the
ship’s owner that their voyage was doomed, “Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with
hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives . 11
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those
things which were spoken by Paul” (Acts 27:10-11). Unsurprisingly, as Paul had warned
there arose a tempest that caused the ship great harm. As they were about to abandon ship
Eternity
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Time
How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
Paul said, “Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete , and
to have gained this harm and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there
shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship . 23 For there stood by me
this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou
must be brought before Caesar : and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer” (Acts 27:21-25). Paul encountered an angel who
gave him a message concerning his Godly purpose to stand before Caesar. Because Paul
knew that God had appointed him (given him a purpose) to stand before Caesar, he
naturally realized that God would supernaturally protect him until he literally stood before
the ruler of the Roman empire. Now notice the very first thing that happened to Paul after
escaping the shipwreck, “And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was
called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a
fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3 And
when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper
out of the heat, and fastened on his hand . 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous
beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer,
whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he
shook off the beast into the fire , and felt no harm. 6 Howbeit they looked when he should
have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and
saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god ” (Acts
28:1-6). Paul survived the venomous viper because he had not yet fulfilled his purpose,
thou must be brought before Caesar. ” God would not allow even a venomous viper to
alter His sovereign will. In essence, it was impossible for Paul to die until he had
accomplished his God appointed purpose! Are there others who escape certain death
because they had not yet fulfilled their purpose?
Notice Peter’s experience when King Herod had determined to martyr him as an example,
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword . 3 And because he saw it
pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also ” (Acts 12:1-3). Obviously, Peter
was in deep trouble; notice as the story continues, “he put him in prison, and delivered him
to four quaternions of soldiers (sixteen armed soldiers) to keep him . . . the same night
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the
door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up
quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird
thyself, and bind on thy sandals . And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment
about thee, and follow me” (Acts 12:4-8). The thing that we need to notice is that Peter
appears to have a rather nonchalant attitude. Herod had planned to kill him the next day as
he had recently killed James (John’s brother) . What did Peter know that made him so
comfortable? In order to get the answer we need to look to Jesus’ words when He actually
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prophesied how Peter would one day die, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast
young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be
old , thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee , and carry thee whither
thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God . And
when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me” (John 21:18-19). Peter was not
fearful of dying at the hand of Herod because Jesus had told him “ when thou shalt be old!
As a confirmation that Peter was not going to die at his relatively young age, notice Jesus’
prophesy from verse 18 above, once again regarding the day of Peter’s death, “and another
shall gird thee , and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” Instead of another girding and
carrying Peter on that night notice what the angel told Peter, “And the angel said unto him,
Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals . And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy
garment about thee, and follow me ” (Acts 12: 8). This was not Peter’s day to die; he still
had a specific purpose from God to fulfill. As a result, Peter’s life was secure in God’s
hands in the same sense as the Apostle Paul. God did not protect them just because they
were apostles; rather, he protected them because they understood and were deeply involved
in their Godly purpose!
There is yet another detail with respect to Godly protection that we should consider.
Notice how individuals of purpose influence God’s protection over their companions! We
have Biblical examples where those around the person of purpose are likewise protected.
Paul saved the lives of those in the ship with him. Remember Paul’s words above, “be of
good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship .”
Likewise, when Jesus was on the ship during a storm, notice His reaction, “he was in the
hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master,
carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the
sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:38-39).
Jesus had not yet completed His purpose. He was supposed to be sacrificed as the Passover
Lamb of God; not die in some drowning accident! Therefore, whenever in danger, His life
was absolutely secure along with those who were with Him!
Many do not realize that we can similarly apply to ourselves these same principles
regarding God’s supernatural protection. God’s protection allows us to fulfill our God
given purpose! To discover our purpose, we need to capture a clear vision of why God
placed us upon the earth. What is God’s purpose for us; and, what does that purpose have
to do with time? Let’s recall Job’s words in this regard, “ Man's days are determined; you
have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. 6 So look
away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired man (Job 14:5-6)
(NIV). God “hired” us to perform some specific purpose to accomplish! We have
something specific to do! We should all be asking ourselves the question, “What has God
figuratively hired me to do?”
What is your purpose? Do you know your purpose? Do you want to know your purpose?
David taught that we should learn how to account for our days, “So teach us to number
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
(account for) our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps 90:12). Learning
our purpose will require God’s wisdom. We have the ability to plan our future, “Because
to every purpose there is time” (Eccl 8:6). So what should we do to discover our purpose?
We need to realize that Paul taught us that we should, “ Walk in wisdom toward them that
are without, (the non-believers) redeeming the time ” (Col 4:5). This means that we need to
Be careful how we live “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16
Redeeming the time , because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is (The scripture reveals that we can know God’s
purposes for your life!) ” (Eph 5:15-17). It is significant that this passage indicates that
there is a relationship between “ redeeming the time ” and discovering our Godly purpose!
People with purpose are driven and they make the most of their allotted time!
So how do I make the most of my time? How can I redeem the time? The greatest
enemies of time are procrastination and distraction. It is so easy for us to procrastinate (or
put off the important). Likewise it is so easy to get distracted from doing what is
important! The best way to get someone off of their Godly path is to give them an alternate
“good” path. The greatest enemy of right is not necessarily always evil; it can also be
something good. The problem is that when we are doing something good we may not be
doing the right thing. Being preoccupied with doing something good at the expense of
doing something right is unwise! We should never sacrifice right for good. Not everything
good is always right; but everything right is always good! The right is what we were born
to do; it is our purpose. However, the good is what people want us to do. We should never
allow ourselves to be too busy that we are not doing the right thing. Always remember
Jesus’ words, “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal ” (John 10:10). Every minute of every
hour that we have not spent on our Godly purpose is time that has been stolen from us!
Stephen Covey wrote a book entitled, “ The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective People.
One of the book’s major teachings is that effective people do not allow themselves to get
distracted doing urgent things instead of important things! We must learn to realize what is
important for us! Once we know what is important for us we will focus on doing those
things that are beneficial toward our purpose! Paul wrote, “‘Everything is permissible for
me’ -but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’ -but I will not be
mastered by anything ” (1 Cor 6:12) (NIV). We need to have Paul’s same attitude; nothing
apart from our purpose should master our time. Can you think of things that are
permissible but not beneficial? One example is we can spend a great deal of time reading
the wrong Christian books! Remember, satan does not necessarily try to get the Christian
to do something evil; he is satisfied to merely get us distracted from our ultimate purpose.
We must discover what we were born to do! If we don’t know where we are going, any
road will take us there! We need to learn where we are going; this will set our direction
and keep us from wasting time! The “beneficial” is that which takes us toward our ultimate
purpose in life. There are people and activities in our lives that are not beneficial for us!
Written by M. Larry Perrino 9 3/11/2008
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
We must choose whom we will allow to take up our time! We must choose to use our time
in the context of our ultimate purpose! Anything that gets us off of track is not beneficial!
So how are we supposed to move ahead? God gave us time or changing seasons so that we
have the ability to start again! Paul was focused on his purpose, “ I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be
perfect, be thus minded . . . let us mind the same thing . 17 Brethren, be followers together
of me ” (Phil 3:14-17). When we focus our direction we set the right course for ourselves,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course , I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
give me at that day: and not to me only” (2 Tim 4:7-8). Like Paul, we will accomplish our
Godly purpose!
In a nutshell, we will discover our purpose through planning and prayer. We can begin by
realizing that God is a planner, “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the
purposes of his heart through all generations” (Ps 33:11) (NIV). That passage teaches us
that God’s plans and purposes are related! Essentially, God plans His work and works His
plans, “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to
generation” (Ps 33:11) (NASU).
Like God, we are supposed to be planners too, “May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed ” ( Ps 20:4) (NIV). God gave us the ability to plan, “ To
man belong the plans of the heart ” (Prov 16:1) (NIV). We humans are given Godly
desires in our hearts. We need to plan out that desire and establish the plan under God’s
overall direction. God must be the core of our overall planning, “ In his heart a man plans
his course , but the LORD determines his steps ” (Prov 16:9) (NIV). Everyone plans, but
only we Christians invite God into our planning, “ Many are the plans in a man's heart ,
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails ” (Prov 19:21) (NIV). Essentially, since our
plans come from God, they must ultimately parallel His own plans. God’s plans come to
us in a secret way, “I hadn't told a soul about the plans for Jerusalem that God had put into
my heart (Neh 2:11) (TLB). God is the source of our inspiration, “Then I told them about
the desire God had put into my heart (Neh 2:18) (TLB). Finally, set in your mind and
heart that it is only God’s will which can form your purposes. Essentially, we want to
validate our plans through God, “ Turn me away from wanting any other plan than yours .
Revive my heart toward you” (Ps 119:37) (TLB).
Through planning, prayer and time, just like drawing water from a deep well, we can
discover our personal purpose that was established by God, “The purpose in a man's mind
is like deep water , but a man of understanding will draw it out (Prov 20:5) (RSV).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 10 3/11/2008
2003 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
How well do you use all of your allotted time?
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We must set goals and get into
the habit of regularly planning
and prioritizing our (year),
(month), (week), and (day).
After making our plans, we
must document our progress!
We all need to write down on
paper our detailed plan with
timeframes and specific needs
from God in order to fulfill our
plan, “the LORD answered me,
and said, Write the vision, and
make it plain upon tables , that
he may run that readeth it”
(Hab 2:2). This written plan
becomes our prayer list!
However, in order to discover
our purpose in God, we must start with a written plan! When we see the plan we can take it
to God and expect Him to give us help wherever needed, “ In his heart a man plans his
course, but the LORD
determines his steps
(Prov 16:9) (NIV).
Let’s end this study with a
question, “Can you show
me your lifelong plan(s) on
paper?” If you cannot, “I
counsel thee” (as the Book
of Revelation says) , to use
your time wisely and begin
to discover your purpose in
life. As Paul suggested,
we need to “walk
circumspectly, not as fools,
but as wise, 16 Redeeming
Written by M. Larry Perrino 11 3/11/2008
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How do we relate to “ time?”
“so teach us to number our days”(Psalm 90:12)
the time , because the days are evil !) ” (Eph 5:15-16)
Written by M. Larry Perrino 12 3/11/2008
2003 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
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can send all contrubutions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
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