Word Study For Today: The Book of Amos Chapter 6.
Devotion: TIMING AND SENSITIVITY.
Texts: Acts 4:1-22. | Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. | Luke 21:5-19.
Sensitivity to timing is such a crucial and critical issue that needs to be accorded the utmost importance and full attention.
The fact about life is that there is an appointed (ordained, earmarked) time, and moment in time that a particular thing must happen. Once ordained by God, it’s set. Not being mindful of it isn’t God’s fault and that is why lack of sensitivity is a huge error. The Bible says >“There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.”[Ecclesiastes 3:1NCV]
Time is allotted and apportioned to every single activity under the sun. When it is night in any timezone man finds himself, it is expected that human beings will retire to bed and sleep [it’s now left to each individual to decide to seize that apportioned (opportuned) time to sleep or not]. That one did not sleep for whatever reason(s), doesn’t rule out the fact that a time was earmarked for the rest and rejuvenation of the body.
>1)“There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season. 2)There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. 3)There is a time to kill and a time to heal. There is a time to destroy and a time to build. 4)There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance. 5)There is a time to throw away stones and a time to gather them. There is a time to hug and a time not to hug. 6)There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away. 7)There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. 8)There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace.”[Ecclesiastes 3:1-8NCV].
This scripture simply implies that man has the opportunity to be born, to cry, to plant, to tear apart, to mend, to hate, to love etc. Whatever thing you set out to do, there’s an ideal time to engaging or achieving it. That moment in time is the best time for it; a time of optimal and tangible results or benefits.
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus was trying to help His disciples have an understanding of time and especially a good time (opportune time) to speak up for Him. > 12)“But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and treat you cruelly. They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail and force you to stand before kings and governors, because you follow me. 13)But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me.”[Luke 21:12-13 (NCV)].
He was saying to His people, after you have seen this and seen that, this will happen and that will happen; when they do, know then that IT’S TIME! >>> Time to tell the world about Him. >>>Opportunity to speak up and witness Jesus to others. Beloved we can’t afford not to be sensitive (In Luke 21, Jesus taught sensitivity) which is what we need, in order to ascertain when IT’S TIME.
Little wonder then, Jesus’ Disciples after His ascension into heaven, never slacked, nor missed any opportunity to chip it in so well that Jesus saves.They preached the gospel at every opportuned time. >Acts 4:5-12(NCV)==>5)“The next day the rulers, the elders, and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6)Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander were there, as well as everyone from the high priest’s family. 7)They made Peter and John stand before them and then asked them, “By what power or authority did you do this?” 8)Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and you elders, 9)are you questioning us about a good thing that was done to a crippled man? Are you asking us who made him well? 10)We want all of you and all the people to know that this man was made well by the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified him, but God raised him from the dead. This man was crippled, but he is now well and able to stand here before you because of the power of Jesus. 11)Jesus is ‘the stone that you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12)Jesus is the only One who can save people. No one else in the world is able to save us.”
Indeed IT’S TIME to talk about Jesus! Look around you every day, take note of what the Spirit is showing you per time, where He takes you per time, what He allows in your life per time. All these are indications of when to put in the sickle to harvest souls. >“But when the crop ripens, he immediately puts in the sickle [to reap], because [the time for] the harvest has come.”[Mark 4:29AMP].
Peter didn’t miss it. Timid Peter, by reason of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, was able to stand up each time opportunity presented itself to witness for Christ. Peter who couldn’t acknowledge Jesus before a young palace girl, spoke up for Jesus boldly and bravely, recording thousands of conversion of souls each time he availed the opportunity.
-Worship Jehovah Who is worthy of our praise.
-Pray in the tongue of the Spirit for 15 minutes.
-Pray that the Lord by His Spirit will cause you to be a sensitive child of His, that you may know as Peter knew, that IT’S TIME.
-Pray for harvest of souls when you put in your sickle.