Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Need to Know the Time? Ask God.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to  keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Would that we knew the seasons of life! How many of us have stumbled and fell because we could not discern whether it was time to speak or time to keep silence, time to love, or time to hate, time to heal, or time to break down, time to keep, or time to cast away? If you’re like me, you may even have such a hard time discerning the times, the medical profession would like to diagnose and treat you for it, if they haven’t already.

We struggle in the flesh. The world is a mighty confusing, overwhelming place, if we’re impaired at discerning what is socially and professionally appropriate in a given moment. While doctors can help, we have another resource to draw upon.

Today let’s remember to be still and seek the Lord for supernatural discernment, and ask him to reveal what the time and the season is. If we can master any impulsive tendencies we have, if we can discipline ourselves to seek his face, knowing in faith if we seek we will find and when we are weak, he is strong, then our spirit walk can begin to look like we’re naturals.

If we ever get there, let us remember to thank him and be ready to profess openly our weakness and who is strong in us and enables us to walk so wisely.

Lord, we confess we are weak and so easily confused as to what deserves our time and attention. Deliver us from the folly of the flesh, enable us to stop and seek your face. Give us spiritual wisdom to know what the season and what it is time for in every moment. Draw us into a closer walk with you today. Guide our every step and give us the right words. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.