Well friends, the days of summer are clicking by as we live out some of the most unusual and difficult time of recent history. I’m so thankful that in spite of that God is ever faithful, never failing. As we struggle to maintain our focus on Him I want to share a few thoughts with you on the subject of Time, Times, and Timing. First- Time. It’s a gift from God you know, given to us second by second, minute by minute. About time we are told in Ephesians 5 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time. What does that mean to “redeem” the time. The term literally means to buy it up, but at the heart of it is this- value time and make the most, best use of every moment. You can’t go to Walmart and buy more time. Can’t order some from Amazon Prime. God gives it as the seconds tick- so use it don’t waste it. Times- that’s number 2. The times refer to the days we are living in. Say, I didn’t give you all the verse from 5:16- it says in fulness Redeeming the time for the days are evil. Can’t help but think of that verse in II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. Look around you. I believe we have arrived, We are all closer to Jesus return than we have ever been in our lifetime. Lastly let’s think about Timing-#3. God is all about timing isn’t he. I ask God to direct my steps and he prompts me to send a text or make a call, and I see his hand in it. Folks, I’m not that smart, but God is that good. You probably have seen the same thing in your life too. We have had to ask for God’s direction in everything we do at Trading Ford- what ministry to reopen, what to leave closed. What steps to take, what to hold off on. We read in Proverbs 25 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Let me bring it into modern English- a good word spoken at the right time is a thing of beauty and is very valuable. The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing for that time. Get it? Life is all about timing and faith is all about trusting God, even when the timing does not make sense to us. So, with time, times and timing it all comes down to knowing that God is in control when circumstances around us are absolutely out of our control. The thing that IS in our control is trusting- that is our part- the rest is up to Him.
With a Shepherd’s Love,
PS- One last note on the timing part… we are, if nothing changes to prevent it, bringing back “Picking for the Master” starting Friday Night August 28th at 7pm.