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October 30, 2019
Every so often, Christmas has put a watch under the tree for me. My first watch wound up and its accuracy aligned to radio time, or school clock time, or bank clock time. Sometimes, I called the local time and temperature number. One Christmas brought me a digital watch. It told time, kept track of the date and the day of the week, and had a battery. Winding was obsolete, but the need to align my watch with a more accurate clock wasn’t. And because I found it harder to get a digital watch to the correct time, I just kept mental track of the difference. Last Christmas, a smartwatch was under the tree. It takes my telephone calls, flashes text messages, displays the date, weather, location, constantly aligns itself to an atomic clock over the internet, and came with a battery that needs to be charged every other day.
Getting the time has never been easier. Knowing the time, not so much. We live in a time filled with solutions that allow us to travel farther, cure more disease, create more wealth, do more good, or multiply the worst of evils.
We’ve been there before.
There Bible there is a book authored by known only as “The Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem,” who puzzles over people never quite knowing the times. People learn, he laments, but learning becomes its own end. People yearn for the change a young king might bring, he observes, but when the change doesn’t suit, they yearn for another set of ways.
There is a time for everything, he writes, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 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… There is a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.” (Ecclesiastes 3 sel)
Knowing the times requires a standard larger and truer than our own take on life, the Teacher says. A soul can spend time well and gain many things, he observes, and end up with nothing good at all. A lasting good is found by the soul chooses the do the good God is doing in the world, and that finding that good is the result of a soul that keeps time with God.
I hope you’ll keep time with God this year. If you’re not quite sure how that to do that, or even if you are, I hope you’ll join us on Sunday mornings. Time is best kept when our heart is tuned to God’s.