Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Lesson for June 19, 2017

Today's Daily Lesson comes from 1 Samuel chapter 1 verse 20:

"In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of the Lord.’"

and Acts chapter 1 verses 6 and 7:

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

The Bible speaks about two different conceptions of time.  One is Chronos, or chronological time. This is predictable time, time measured by clock and calendar. This time as winter, spring, summer, and fall.  This is time we can count on and by.

The other time the Bible speaks of is Kairos, sometimes translated as "in the fullness of time" or "in due season".  This is unpredictable time. This is unknown time. This is the time when a rose blossoms or a baby is conceived. This is God's time -- time hidden in the mystery of God. 

There are times we can count on. It's mid-June and so the days are growing long -- count on it. But then there are also times we can't predict, times which are hidden in mystery, times we cannot hasten or hurry, times which belong only to the LORD.  For these times we can only wait.

Wait. And hope . . .

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