Ecclesiastes 8:6 - The Skill of Timing.
Ecclesiastes 8:6 (ESV) For there is a time
and a way for everything, although mans
trouble lies heavy on him.
As you look ahead to the start of a new
year, take some time to reflect on your life. What
needs to stay the same? What needs to change?
One of the most important things to
consider is how you can stay tuned in to Gods
timing. Every great accomplishment involves timing.
A successful football catch requires
incredible timing between quarterback and receiver. In
business, good timing in the market - particularly
decisions about hiring and expanding - can mean
everything. If you sing, you know how important it is to
keep time with the other musicians.
Many years ago I wrote a book called The
Purpose Driven Church. In the first chapter I
compare leadership to surfing. No surfer says,
Lets go make some waves today. Surfers cant
create waves in the ocean. Only God can do that.
Surfers wait for the waves that God creates.
That means surfers spend a lot of time
waiting. Sometimes they might see a wave and let it
go, knowing its not the right time. Then the
surfer sees just the right wave, starts paddling
faster and faster, catches the wave, rides the
wave, and gets off the wave without wiping out.
Surfing looks easy, but in reality it requires a lot
The same is true in life. You have to
develop the skill of timing. The Bible says in
Ecclesiastes 8:6, There is a right time and there is a
right way to do everything, but we know so
THERES A RHYTHM TO LIFE. LEARNING TO
DO THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME TAKES
SKILL. CHRISTIANS OFTEN CALL THAT SKILL WALKING
IN THE SPIRIT. THE MORE YOU GROW AS A
FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, THE BETTER YOU GET AT WALKING IN
THE SPIRIT. Sometimes Gods Spirit leads you
to run fast. Sometimes he leads you to walk
For the next several days were going
to look at when God usually wants you to speed
up and when he might want you to slow down. You
can enter the new year trying to make your own
waves. Or you can learn to see and catch the waves
God is making all around you. [Daily Devotional
by Rick Warren:
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred