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Sinful Timing

There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Who but God could know what should be going on in each of those minutes and bring it to pass. How many of those minutes are we wasting?

Psalms 69:13: But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Isaiah 49:8: Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

The Psalmist and Isaiah were aware of the tremendous importance of doing things on God*s time schedule. We mortals like to decide what to do and when and where to do it. Doing the right thing at the wrong time makes it a wrong thing. We tend to be impatient with God and do things too soon or we disobey Him and do them too late. We think being a little late or a little early is no big deal. Driving through a red light can cause a disaster and ignoring God*s red and green signals will cause far worse disasters.

Our flesh will always want to overrule God*s timing as Jeroboam did.

1 Kings 12:33: So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

Jeroboam also tried to overrule the Lord by creating idols and making sacrifices more convenient. He caused the people to do the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

1 Kings 12:28-30: Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

Seeking to obey the Lord after the fact seems worse than doing something too soon. When we do the right thing too soon God can still remedy that but too late is too late. Esau and Felix are prime examples of those who learned what would have been right too late.

Hebrews 12:16-17: Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Acts 24:24-25: And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

God knows the proper and perfect timing for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:1: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Galatians 4:4: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Mark 1:15: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

We simply do not know the perfect timing of God. Therefore we need to wait upon Him.

Psalms 37:9: For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Zephaniah 3:8: Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24:50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

Mark 13:32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

A hardened heart will never know God*s timing.

Hebrews 3:7-8: Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Hebrews 3:15: While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Hebrews 4:7: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

When we don*t accomplish God*s will on time because of human weakness or error or perhaps just because God wants to prove he is in charge of time and the creation, He made the sun stand still for a whole day and he moved it backwards ten degrees.

Joshua 10:13: And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Isaiah 38:8: Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.

If your spiritual timing is off check your heart before you check your clock.

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