Time And Judgment
Ecclesiastes 8:5-7: Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man*s heart discerneth both time and judgment. 6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
When you can predict the future like God can, then and only then will you know the right time to do everything without His guidance.
Adam Clarke on Ecclesiastes 8:5:
Both time and judgment. It is a matter of great importance to be able to discern WHEN and HOW both to speak and act; but when time and manner are both determined, the matter comes next. WHAT shall I speak? WHAT shall I do? When, how, and what, answer to time, manner, and matter. To discern all these, and act suitably, is a lesson for a philosopher, and a study for a Christian.
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,
God knew exactly the right time for the most important of all events, sending forth His Son, and He surely knows the right time for everything else. Two of Satan*s biggest lies are that we should rush (when God wants us to wait upon Him) and that we should procrastinate (when God wants us to make haste). WHEN we obey the Lord is just as important as THAT we obey Him. We need the Lord in charge of the when as well as the what. We all know individuals who are impatient and others who procrastinate. When serving the Lord, both of those faults are sinful. I have been guilty of both. How about you?
Psalms 31:15a: My times are in thy hand: . . .
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;
2 Corinthians 6:2: (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Hebrews 3:7-8: Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Hebrews 3:13: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Psalms 37:9: For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Isaiah 30:18: And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
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.