Is Your Time Running Out?

Our Creator has given us 840 months or 613, 620 hours to live i.e. seventy years. If you live till 80, it’s 960 months or 701,280 hours.

That doesn’t sound like a lot of years. When we consider the fact that tomorrow is not promised to anyone, it’s even shorter. When we consider that any of us may be attending our last Sabbath service, seeing our family again,  or won’t see our home this afternoon, or workplace on Monday, time is short.

When we consider that we are not guaranteed to live for another minute, or another second for another matter, life is short. It’s a vapour that vanishes away. Life is like a dream.

As we begin another calendar year, our reality as human beings, as physical beings, is by the end of this year, every single one of us, and no discrimination here, will be one year older. We will be nearer to our demise.

The God that we worship is not governed by time. He’s bigger than time, but we need time. He exists in a different dimension from us. We are temporary, we occupy space, and so time governs our lives. It makes us older and measures how long we live. Time governs every aspect of this physical world.

Definition. Time is the continued sequence of existence and events that occurs in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, and into the future.

There’s a season for everything…even death. Do we realize we even need time to die? Our breath, the breath of life takes seconds to leave us. That’s time. There’s a time to live and a time to die.

We hear of death often, but there’s a season for those that are close to us. There may be a pause in that and then the cycle repeats.

What is next on your agenda as you begin another calendar year called 2024? What plans have you made for your life? What are your priorities? What plans have you made for God? Remember, we are living as vapour. Here today, gone tomorrow. When that happens, the next second of our consciousness is in a new world, a new age.

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Proverbs 16:9 A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

We can either spend more time with God or less time? We can either do more work for the church or less. We can either spend more time with family or less; we can spend more time at work or less whenever there’s a need to. We can do too much of one thing and lack many others. Are you wasting time? Are you maximizing time? Are you redeeming time? Do you care about time?

The Word of God is serious about time. It couldn’t be more serious. Why? Time is of the essence. Time governs our lives. We cannot stop it; we cannot slow it down, we can only make the best use of it.

James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

The day you are reading this will never return, and neither can you retrieve this morning or yesterday. It’s gone forever. Time is precious because life is short. We don’t know what will happen in the next moment. We may know the balance in our bank accounts, but we don’t know how much balance is left in our time to live. Money lost or wasted can be earned again, but time gone is gone forever.

Time is the only thing that you can never get back. Once it has passed by, it can’t come back, and there is nothing you can do to slow it down or speed it up. Every moment counts because every moment in your life matters. We may not know what a moment will bring, but we know that everything happens for a reason.

Ephesians 1:10, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of time, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

So God has a plan to bring all things together in the fullness of time or when time has reached its limit and something needs to change.

What is this saying to us as we begin 2024? Most things have not changed since the last calendar year…there’s war in Israel, Ukraine, Syria, and about 35 armed conflicts now in Africa. Famines, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, and pestilences continue.

John 9:4  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Are these days glorious or evil days? The Bible describes these days as evil. And as evil as they are, time is running out.  John tells us the whole world lies in wickedness. That’s in our time. The Bible also speaks of “the beginning of sorrows” when we see terrible things happening around us. It also reminds us that, “our redemption draws nigh” when we see the dangerous times, we live in. Is planet Earth’s time running out? Is your time on the planet also running out? It’s time to think about these things! For more on this subject, download our FREE pamphlets, THE GOD OF TIME and THINGS TO DO WHILE WAITING FOR JESUS TO RETURN.

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