IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
If you have been reading me for any length of time you know I have a thing about TIME. I termed it today in my prayer journal-ling, a stronghold. A stronghold from which I am seeking deliverance. And deliverance is on its way – I say that by faith. Especially since it is 12:54 PM and I am just starting this IDOK.
SO, when I came in from the porch this morning and after doing some odds and ends, I keyed in ‘time’ to BibleGateway.com in several translations. In the KJV there were 703 references to time; in the NKJV, 708; NIV, 889; NASB, 726; Amplified Bible, 838 and the Holman Christian Standard Bible, 840. I am working from the HCSB because it has the earliest reference – Genesis 2:4. [ Man and Woman in the Garden ] These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Father is not bound by time but as I see it man has been from the beginning. And so I moved on to the next reference Genesis 3:8 and I really like the wording in the HCSB. [ Sin’s Consequences ] Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Will you put on your holy imaginations with me? We know from other Scripture that God is SPIRIT and therefore, not ‘visible’ to the natural eye of man. (John 6:46 not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God. He has seen the Father. AND John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”) Which is why verse 8 of Genesis 3 says the man and his wife HEARD THE SOUND of the LORD God – they had not SEEN Him. Don’t you wonder what HIS SOUND, sounded like? At this point in time, Adam and Eve had sinned and because of their sin they hid from His Sound. But I wonder if prior to sin when they heard His Sound, was it ‘music’ to their ears? Did their pulse increase with joyful anticipation? Did Eve let out a giggle? Did Adam’s steps quicken to the place? I think so. I think from the morning light they looked forward to the time of the ‘Evening Breeze’. For it was at that time they would have one on one fellowship with their Creator. Oh my, how glorious that must have been. I think Adam, Eve, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit delighted in these conversations. I think maybe they talked over the day’s activities. I think they may have discussed the giraffe and his long neck; the hummingbird’s delicate wings; the flight of the red-tailed hawk; the arbor of grapes on the east side and the patch of watermelons on the south end and on and on; just endless wonderful, beautiful, fun, exciting topics of discussion and not one sorrow! I can only imagine! Oh I like these imaginations so much I don’t want to move on but we must. It’s TIME. Be comforted Dear Ones, when TIME is no more ‘the time of the evening breeze’ will come again. And yet even here and now we enjoy a ‘flit’ of what will be again as we commune with ABBA in THE SPIRIT.
Lets look at another time reference. A reference to encourage us that even though Father is not bound by time, He knows we are wrapped up in it and we can be sure He will be ON TIME, EVERY TIME regarding us. Genesis 18:14 Is anything impossible for the LORD? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.”
And this one from Jeremiah 15: 11 [ The LORD’s Response ] The LORD said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you. Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.
And then in Matthew 2:7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. At an exact TIME Jesus came. And throughout His TIME here as the God-Man He worked within TIME.
Luke 7:21 At that time Jesus healed many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and He granted sight to many blind people.
John 7:8 Go up to the festival yourselves. I’m not going up to the festival yet, because My time has not yet fully come.”
Mark 14: 40 And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open. They did not know what to say to Him. 41 Then He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The time has come. Look, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up; let’s go! See—My betrayer is near.”
I am encouraged. Jesus knows all about TIME; He experienced TIME; He knows how to manage it. He did it. He can teach me and I can learn!
DADDY GOD, thank You for this. It has been fun and I am encouraged. You are speaking, You are teaching and I am learning and I am grateful. As You know Rachel told me this morning that Troy is having severe difficulties since he got home from Iraq. And she has asked that we bring to the forefront that coming home as wonderful as it is, is hard. And so we intercede right now for Troy. I think maybe this depression that has captured him is as serious as any enemy he faced in Iraq. So I am asking You to send reinforcements to Troy. To surround him with people that You have empowered to help him combat this enemy. I pray You will rescue Troy, his job and his family. And Father, our other IDOK Troops at home adjusting, and those still on foreign soil and other situations, guard them too; meet them where they are and bring alongside them helpers who will encourage and build them up, restore them and mature them in Christian Faith. And Lord we pray for these others too. As I look over the names there is serious illness and disease. Lord, heal them please. Let it be that cancers be not just managed but healed. And, Lord, the cancer of sin that has made the People of America so sick, heal us I pray. Again I ask for grace and space to repent. Again I ask that You bring Israel to Peace. And before we close, I pray our IDOKs will be increased in knowledge and wisdom and will enjoy a time of ‘evening breeze’ with You today. Amen and amen.
As I post this it is 88°F with scattered clouds in Balad, IQ & the time there is 5:37 AM AST – on August 13, 2008
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