Who Directs Your Time?


In life, timing is very crucial. In fact, some say it’s everything. I am not sure about that, but I know that there is a time for everything. King Solomon conveys that in Ecclesiastes 3. The question is Who Directs Your Time? Listen to what Solomon said.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    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 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.

Who Directs Your Time? God’s wisdom provides direction in the timing of what we should think, see, say and/or do. Despite that, people will always attempt to get you to follow a schedule of their own timing, but Solomon instructs us that “There is a time for everything”.

In John 7, the Lord Jesus even faces the question of Who Directs Your Time? Jesus has to decide to respond to man’s timing or God’s timing. In this case, the pull is even greater because His own brothers, not the 12, wanted Him to reveal Himself to the world.

John 7

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”

Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”

16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”

As a point of reference, The Festival of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths was a celebration of God’s gracious provision for the Israelites in the wilderness and the completion of the year’s harvest. The Festival started on the 15th day of the seventh month and lasted for seven days. It is important to note that this festival followed the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. All Israelites were to live in temporary shelters (booths) for seven days. This was to commemorate that how God had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. God wanted the people and their descendants to know how He brought them out of Egypt and that He is the Lord their God.

Who Directs Your Time? It was at the inception of the Festival of Tabernacles that Jesus’ brothers wanted Him to come out in public proclaiming His message and make His ministry public to all, but Jesus told them His time had not yet come. This is reminiscent of John 2 when Jesus’ mother wanted Him to do something when the wine ran out at the wedding in Cana. Jesus’ brothers were there too. Verse 14 tells us that halfway through the festival, Jesus began to teach. Jesus did not perform a miracle. He taught just as God instituted the Festival of Tabernacle was established to teach the people how God brought their descendants out of Egypt and that He is the Lord their God.

Who Directs Your Time? God wants you to know that He desires to control your time as well as when and what you convey to people about who He is to you. He wants you to share that He is the Lord your God. This is what Jesus taught. If you call yourself a Christian, then you must do as Jesus did. Submit to God’s timing and submit to God’s plan of having you proclaim that He is the Lord and Savior. Will you allow the agenda of people or the agenda of God to direct your time? God’s expecting you to serve Him. Serve Him.

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