The Silent Demand of Time
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
We have each been given an equal amount of time—twenty-four hours each day. How we spend our time will depend on our focus. A Spirit-filled person moves securely in God’s timing, following His will. Even the Old Testament character Job understood the timing of God and that walking in sequence with God’s timing was the key to peace, security, courage, boldness, and strength. (See Job 24:1.)
God in His sovereignty has chosen to hand talents to each of us, talents and gifts given to us to be profitable servants to advance His kingdom. Let us not look back at time wasted, but let us take a moment to make a commitment to be better stewards of the time given to us. In reality, it is God’s time, not ours.
Time seems to be in abundance. It is free. It is common. We don’t think much of it except when we miss something—an opportunity or an appointment. Yet time is such a precious commodity.
The Word instructs us to “walk in the Spirit” so we will not fulfill “the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). “Walking in the Spirit” also means to move according to God’s timing in everything we do: know when to speak and when not to speak, when to work and when to rest, when to pray and when to fast.
Demons understand time and timing. (See Matthew 8:29.) Satan often uses distractions, many times under the disguise of good things, to occupy our time and slow us down—or even cause us to take detours. The enemy of our soul knows that it is a matter of time and we will run out of time for whatever was at hand for that particular time.
Silently, probably a minute has expired since you began reading this article. There was no indicator pointing to the passing of that minute. Time simply expired.
The saying goes, “Time flies when you are having fun” but in reality, fun or no fun, time passes. It does not stop for us. Yet as it passes, there is a silent demand on our lives to do something—even further, to do the right thing at the right time.
The parable of the talents is recorded in Matthew 25:14-28. What did the man with one talent do with his time? Did he work? Yes, he did. He spent his time digging up the earth and making a safe place to hide his lord’s money. Buried in that passage of Scripture is the element of “time” and the silent demand on that servant’s life to be profitable. There were no instructions, but evidently there was an understanding that one must be profitable, and within a certain timeframe: “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them” (verse 19).
What did it cost that servant to substitute working in the Kingdom for idleness? The parable ends with his fate. What could have been gained, had he worked as expected?
We have each been given a number of years, the opportunity of “time” to advance the kingdom of God. It is evident according to Scripture that prophecies are being fulfilled. Everything is converging toward the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Rose Phaeton, along with her husband Daniel, pastor Covenant of Praise United Pentecostal Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Pacto de Alabanza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally from Haiti, West Indies, Rose is a chemist and mathematician. She is fluent in Creole, French, and Spanish and is an ordained minister with the UPCI. Rose also serves as Ladies Ministries president of the Pennsylvania District.