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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

For further study - Ecclesiastes 3:1-12

God entrusted one man to write three books, all focused on the "wisdom of God". The essence of the three manuscripts speak of wisdom and reveals to us that the "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of knowledge, Proverbs 1:7.

As we read through the three books penned by the wise man, King Solomon, we see that with knowledge we get understanding and wisdom comes through that understanding of knowledge given to us as we reverentially fear the Lord and have a hatred for the evil He hates.

Solomon also speaks to us about "time". "Time" is one thing that is given to each of us individually but in the same amounts. Each of us have been given 86,400 seconds each day. It is what we do with the time that God has given us that matters.

As you read through our extended reading today, think on the statements about "time" and what should happen with the time the Lord has given each of us.

One important time is the time you are spending right now, a "devotional time". Spending this time in His book, the Bible, will assist us in spending the rest of our time for Him.

There needs to be a time set aside each week to join others in our worship of the Lord. That would be a "church time".

High priority in the expanse of time is what is referred to as "family time". We cut back on "family time" to our own detriment and the detriment of our family members.

Another theme of Solomon is "work time". God has a plan for every one of us, not only those who are ministers. This is a plan that is well described as "work time". There is also "rest time". Remember when your Mom used to give you rest time. Remember the old saying, "We must come apart to rest or we will come apart".

For those who don't know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior there is a "time of Salvation". It is an appointed time, today.

Then, as we often remind you, there are the "end times". That is the period of time we are living in today. When Daniel used the phrase, "at the time of the end", Daniel 11:40, he was referring to the time today.

Every Bible prophecy that needed to be fulfilled before the Rapture, has been fulfilled. Today could well be the time of the shout from the Archangel, Jesus shouting and the trumpet sounding, which will call us to join our Lord in the heavens. That "time" could be today.

PRAYER THOT: Help me Lord to look for you and live accordingly in the "time of the end".