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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Time

Time is a friend ... giving opportunity to heal,
Time is an enemy ... taking unrequited moments
Time passes.

It seems that life is so busy ... the time is so short ... there is never enough ... and always so much ahead.


The moments pass, turning into hours, then days, then weeks. then months, then years, the redundancy is obvious. Time is oblivious to an extreme. It never fails, it never stops. It is the curse upon man. The Devil was at work when man devised the minute. Eccl. 9:5, "For the living know that they will die."

We ask Where has it gone? I answer it never was.

We place a lot of stock on time, our lives are seemingly accountable for its use and abuse, whether we waste or hold chaste our time.

Time is a nemesis of our own creating. We have structured our lives by placing an inherent value in moments.
Time holds us ransom to our memories. We look forward in time to creating moments which will sustain our future in the creation of a memory. It is when we look back from our current time that the full measure of our life confronts us with the weight of memories created or lost in the process of living. Who has created this standard that is impossible to live up to?

This is an absurdity, but a relevant mindset of our culture, it enslaves us. Time has become a form of currency replete with expectations and rewards, or conversely punishment for its proper allocation.

We, in this Western culture are held to a standard, unknown to the rest of the world. We, who have so much, in terms of material possessions and leisure time, live by a standard culturally exclusive to others. It is impossible to change, now. Eccl. 3:9, "What profit has the worker from that in which he labours?"

I yearn for a time when time is measured by activity. When time is passive, requiring action initiated to respond to need. Time measured in the way God intended, as a recognition of a need, and a response to a season of life, a time of life.

The indoctrination which has occurred in our culture has muted the voice and mutated the intent of what the seasons of life should be. 

I have never known a simple life, a life of simple faith, watching the seasons, knowing and having a satisfaction and peace in God's constant provision, apart from the Earthly pursuit of the profitable use of time.

Ecclesiastes 9:10-13,

"I have seen God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.
I know that nothing is better for them to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labour - it is the gift of God."

What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?

Time as we know it is a stealer of our souls, it placates the eternal with a false sense of satisfaction. It vilifies the pursuit of anything contrary to immediate pleasure and happiness. Its futility lies in the fickle satisfaction of a man and the inability and failure to have faith and trust in the sovereign wisdom of God.

We must step back from the maze that time has created, where searching for the most profitable and successful is the goal, to resting and basking in the time we have here on this Earth, living out God's purpose, knowing that that fulfills an intended meaningful existence ordained by God.

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