Mar 4, 2018

Close Encounters: “The Time” - 2 Chronicles 5: 11-14

We can’t ask God to make holiness fit us but we must fit and live up to His standards.

There is a very crucial element that we must take into consideration if we truly long for and are willing to pursue a close encounter with God. In order for us to have a close encounter with God we must be willing to invest our time in Him.

We face different struggles when it comes to this. We struggle with:

1. What we want - Our struggle is that we are use to desire and even demand convenience. We live life at such a fast pace that we want everything fast immediate and instant.

2. Types of time - Secondly we must understand there are different types of time. Throughout Scripture there are two words used for time. The first is the Greek word “Chronos” from which we get our word “chronological”. This word is about quantity of time. It is the idea of calendar time. The second word for time that is used is “Kairos” which has an entirely different meaning. This word means, “A divine appointment with God.” It’s about the quality of time rather than the quantity of time.

3. The Art of TarryingWe have lost the art/ability of tarrying. In fact, you rarely ever hear that term “tarry” used any more. The truth is that some of you may have never even heard the term used in church. The word “tarry” simply means to wait. We don’t like to wait on God. We want God to wait on us. All through Scripture we see that if you want to have a close encounter with God it requires waiting.

Isaiah 40:31 says “but those who wait in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Are you weak? Are you tired? Are you exhausted? Does it seem like you been failing at everything? Many time we end up that way because we have forgotten the idea of waiting. The idea of tarrying for God.

The challenge to you this week is this: Commit/invest the time to have a close encounter with Him. Get alone with Him all by yourself.

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