What Time Is It? Only God Knows?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Today is my daughter Zaneta’s 26th birthday. Six months ago, she was near death on life support and we were not certain if she would survive to see this day. However, God chose to allow Zaneta to survive, and we are grateful to God for that.

There are those reading this message right now who cannot relate. Your loved one was on life support or contracted a deadly disease and passed away. Perhaps he or she was in a tragic accident and did not survive. As a result, you are questioning if God really cares, why would He allow your precious loved one to die while others continue to live.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon wrote these words in the 3rd chapter, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (2) A time to be born and a time to die”.

Zaneta is still here, celebrating her 26th birthday today, not because she is a better person than your loved one was or because she was more special than your loved one, but simply because it was not her time to die.

Your loved one has departed, because it was his or her time to die.  We all have a time to die.  It was nothing personal.  Whatever purpose they had on earth, it was fulfilled.  Please do not be angry with God for taking them so quickly, tragically, or so soon.. Truthfully, if God did not grant your loved one a time to be born, you would not have anything to be sad about right now. Instead, thank God for the time He gave you with your loved one.

My friends, every human being arrives on this earth with predicable date of birth. When a child is conceived in a woman’s womb, the parents are given a “due date”, the date the parents can expect the baby to be born (generally within a two-week period). Unless there are complications with the pregnancy, the obstetrician is pretty correct. The baby arrives close to, on, or shortly after the “due date”. [I actually gave birth to two “due date” babies!]

However, I have discovered that very few people want to engage in a conversation about death, as if it is a curse or something.

My people, death is a part of life! You need to have a life insurance policy and a will (and someone needs to know where to find it!) because guess what? If Jesus does not return first, you are going to die!

The second thing I have discovered is that man has been unable to predict everyone’s “due date” with death. Think about it…unless a person is terminally ill, no one can predict the time a person is going to die.

People die every single day. As I write, someone is dying. Unless someone has mental health issues, or is terminally ill, we do not wake up in the morning, expecting to die by the end of the day. We expect to live to see tomorrow.

Yet, King Solomon reminds us that there is a time to be born (which we all of us have already experienced) and there is a time to die, [which all of us will experience (unless the rapture comes first, 1 Thessalonians 4)].

Jesus warned in Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. In other words, only God knows when it is our time to die. Therefore, we must be in a state of readiness at all times.

If you will notice, our generation is the one that seems to have become enamored with life here on earth. We are not ready. Our ancestors were singing about leaving here and going to heaven; they were ready!

They were singing songs that declared, “Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face!” “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!” “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!” “Some glad morning, when this life is over, I’ll fly away!”

What time is it? It is time for you to surrender your life to Jesus Christ if you have not done so already.

What time is it?  I don’t know.  All I know is that we need to get ready.

What time is it? Only God knows…

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