“Any Time” Or “God’s Time”?
Shew thyself to the world….My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.
Jesus’ unbelieving brethren thought He was not handling His publicity right. Why didn’t He get out of the backwoods in Galilee and go up to Jerusalem, the capital, where He would be noticed and could demonstrate Himself?
How little they understood Jesus! God’s ways are not ours. The church too often has followed the counsel of unbelievers and “shewed itself” to the world. God does not run His business after the pattern of this age.
“Your time is always ready,” Jesus told His brethren. The man of this world is always in season, for this is the season of this world. But when the world passes and the lists thereof, the man who does God’s will abides forever.
He who walks in God’s way has a schedule and must await God’s time for this and that. But the unbeliever “one time is as good as another.” The world knows nothing of seeking the mind of the Lord before doing this or that. But those who acknowledge Him in all their ways find that He directs their paths.
Royal Robes and Sackcloth
And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.
II Kings 6:30
Jehoram, walking the walls of famine-stricken Samaria, wore a king’s garments without but sackcloth next to his flesh. What a picture of this poor world today, spiritually starving trying to be gay without to hide the floom within! The robes of royalty without but the rags of a beggar within! How it illustrates the plight of every sinner bedecked without in the colorful garb of this world but clad in the filthy rags of self-righteousness in his inmost soul!
Alas, there are too many in our churches robed in a profession of piety, a form of godliness; but beneath the sham, the shame-the sackcloth of fear and doubt and sin.
What a Samaria of hunger and want is ours today! God grant us a few lepers in the gate, as in the long ago, who will venture forward to find the bounty that God has prepared for all who trust Him and who refuse to sit still until they die!