From man’s perspective, “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of modernity man has yet to harness the ‘hands of time’. We have deadlines, but “the clock is ticking.” We set goals, but it seems “time is expiring.” We work overtime, but it seems we are “trapped in time.” But from God’s perspective time appears differently. As the Creator of time, and existing outside its bounds, God rules it! Thus, our omnipotent Lord not only created time, his character of love and goodness causes time to operate for our welfare. That is why the writers of Scripture repeatedly use the phrase “at that time” or “at the appointed time.” In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon referred to 28 “times and seasons” through which man courses. And the message is clear: The Divine Author of Scripture is showing us that time has meaning. So much so, that we can be certain that “our times are in God’s hands” (Psalm 31:15). As our loving Lord, He is there to help us in, out, and through anything life throws at us. Let’s investigate that.
The Bible says Jesus appeared in human flesh, as a man among men, “in the fullness of time.” In other words, Christ arrived at the divinely scheduled moment! Existing outside of time, the omniscience of God determined the birthplace, ministry, life, and death of the Messiah. This is the meaning of Revelation 13:8 when it says Christ was “slain before the foundations of the earth.” Before the sun cast its light or the constellations glittered from the sky, God ordained Christ to be the Timepiece of human history. He is the express One for whom time exists and it is He that gives time its context and meaning.
I want you to especially notice what all this means to those whose devotion is such that they can say they are ‘in Christ’ and truly ‘abide in Him.’ To “abide in Christ” (John 15:1-11). means that God wraps every moment of your life with purpose, meaning, and destiny! Perhaps that is difficult to accept when life suddenly unravels and we experience sickness, loss, or slander. But this is why Genesis unveils the narrative of Joseph’s life.
For years, people misunderstood, misjudged, and maligned Joseph; even those of his own household! You can imagine how Joseph recoiled from it all. It reached the point to where his brothers conspired and sold him into slavery. This was no way to treat someone destined to be a Prince. But not long after his enslavement his master’s wife falsely accused him and he was hauled to prison. Years passed. Time was ticking. And Joseph wondered if there was any chance of his dreams coming true. But each time he questioned God he heard something say: “Be still, Joseph. I’m priming you.” It wasn’t long until Joseph gained favor and ran the compound. Now with the keys he could pick a midnight hour for a jailbreak! But by this time Joseph knew that wasn’t God’s plan and he could hear God’s voice saying, “Be patient Joseph, I’m priming you.” And he was right, because at the appointed hour, Pharaoh called for Joseph to interpret his dreams. And when Pharaoh heard the excellence of Joseph’s speech he knew the words originated with God. That’s when Pharaoh lifted him up and said, “Come here Joseph. I’m priming you. You are now my Prime Minister. All that I have is under your jurisdiction”!
Always remember, from slander to betrayal; from enslavement to imprisonment; from the prison to the palace: “your times are in God’s hands”!
Now for a closing thought about “time.” There are two Greek words that help us understand the concept of time. One word is chronos, and it expresses the ‘unfettered stream of time.’ The other Greek word is Kairos, and it identifies “a moment filled with meaning and purpose.” It is a moment so significant that it can impact the rest of your life! Can you see the consequence of chronos intersecting with kairos? Along the stream of time events both advantageous and adverse occur. Somebody hurts us or God promotes us. We achieve a milestone or we miserably fail. Either way, we wonder ‘What’s next’? But what comes next isn’t in your power. Christ controls your future. Trust Him! Believe Him. Because there is a “Next”!
This devotional was extracted from Robert D. Pace’s sermon Your Times are in God’s Hands, and you can read the entire message here.
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