My Lent Words 38: Time of God

The Hebrew word ‘et is not the date on the calendar but the right occasion for the event.

‘In the time of my favour I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;’ (Isaiah 49:8a)

To God all times are soon. With Babylon’s destruction still some centuries away it was still inevitable.

‘Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.’ (Isaiah 13:22)

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 every couplet begins with ‘‘e’t.

‘a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build’ (Ecclesiastes 3:12-3)

So much to life depends on timing and opportunity Lord – I put it all in your care.

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