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Sunday, September 2nd, '18

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OBSERVING TIME

"You observe days, and months, and times, and years" (Galatians 4:10)

 

In this verse Paul was addressing Jewish tradition with its harvest moons, Sabbath days, years of jubilee and so forth. These addendums were to point to grace and not take its place. I intend rather to westernize the verse. All of us are observers, we "observe days, and months..." The days pass by. What we expected to take minutes has taken months. Calendar pages flip twelve times then are discarded. We hit milestones, first grade, second, third, twenty-one, thirty-five, forty, fifty, sixty-five, etc. The question is, are we serving or just observing? One helpful verse; David wrote, "My times are in thy hand" (Psalm 31:15). My times, thy hand, safe combination. I can't make things happen. Jesus didn't. He said, "My hour is not yet come" (John 2:4), "the hour is come" (John 17:1). "Is not" and "is", those are matters that belong to divine timing.

 

While observing time we observe lots of truths. Such as, a bumble bee is faster than a John Deere tractor. Or that it doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge. When you lie down with dogs you get fleas. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Before you tear down a fence you ought to see why it was put up to begin with. And I've observed a few other things that won't fit in a single devotion. I've observed that God can be counted on. Tribulation works patience and patience works experience and experience makes not ashamed (Romans 5:3-5). "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken..." (Psalm 37:25) You don't learn the faithfulness of God over a weekend. Give it days, months, times and years and you will know what I mean.

 

Jacob lamented, "Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been" (Genesis 47:9). Job added, "Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). I don't like the cynical. Mere observers tend to personalize the losses. We need to praise God instead for the time we have, the times we've had, the times we hope for. Abraham hollered across the chasm to the helpless man, "Son, remember that you in your lifetime received..." (Luke 16:25) Yea, we have received. Let us cherish that and not turn a frown. Observers observe from an observation tower. Age lifts one above the tree line. Experience is given to chart a happier future but also to guide the hikers following our trail. I want to learn from the observatory. But I don't want to just be an observer. "For me to live", said Paul, "is Christ" (Philippians 1:21). Life is no spectator sport. It can't be played out from the grandstands or viewed through the basement window. Otherwise days do become months then years. I propose a toast, here's to adventure. The Last Samurai mends his wounds, Braveheart paints his face blue for old Scotland, Paul sails one last time to win souls in Caesar's household, Jesus rises from the dust floor of Gethsemane with new resolve for the course. The rodeo clown takes life by the horns (literally). We weren't created to be observers. The best way to observe life is to live it. Make that your commitment today.


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