Posted on Jul 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Following up on the ‘time’ post yesterday – it also occurred to me that time is of the essence!  No one is guaranteed more time, no matter how much we chase after it. Each and every one of us have only been given so much, and no more. At some point, our time will run out in this physical realm.

The ‘time’ that we are in right now, today, is of the essence. For myself, I am in the time right before the fast of the ninth of Av. The ninth of Av, also known as Tisha b’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It is a time of fasting, depriving ourselves of comfory and of prayer. It marks the culmination of the Three Weeks, and marks the time period of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. No, I’m not ‘Jewish’ by birth – but yes, I am grafted into the House of Israel as Romans proclaims:

Romans 11:17-24

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV emphasis added)

This verse and many others have led me to love the land of the Most High, Israel. It has given me a love and respect for my brothers and sisters who not only reside in Israel today, but have clung to His Word throughout the centuries. “I” am part of Israel! Therefore, I celebrate the Feasts with Joy, I mourn on Yom Kippur, and I fast with her in remembrance for the destruction of the Holy Temple where the presence of the Almighty once dwelt.

So time is of the essence. Tonight I will re-evaluate my own ‘temple’, come to grips with areas in my life that the Father will reveal, and pray for His mercy to extend to all Israel and to the nations as the days ahead loom in expectancy.

So many sights and sounds happening in the next few months! So I encourage you to take the time, invest in the time, and realize that time is always running out. May the Holy One of Israel bless the time you spend with Him in prayer, with the work of your hands and in all that you do for Him.

It’s TIME!

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