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What Time Is It?





“My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready”

(John 7:6 NKJV).


Way back in 2012, Garth wrote this article on time. It generated a lot of conversation, and now that it is 2024 I thought it was worth revisiting. I wrote a short postscript as well.

—John Ostic


“Someone prepared an interesting timetable that shows a mathematical parallel of a life span with a 24-hour day. See what you have accomplished or what is left unaccomplished. Have we made adequate preparations to live with God forever?


How many hours have passed in your life?

If you are 15, it’s 8:51 a.m.

If you are 20, it’s 11:08 a.m.

If you are 25, it’s 12:25 p.m.

If you are 30, it’s 1:25 p.m.

If you are 35, it’s 2:59 p.m.

If you are 40, it’s 4:16 p.m.

If you are 45, it’s 5:43 p.m.

If you are 50, it’s 6:50 p.m.

If you are 55, it’s 8:08 p.m.

If you are 60, it’s 10:11 p.m.

If you are 70, it’s approaching midnight.


How important is it to know in what time of our life it is? When the bell tolls for you at the midnight hour of death, on which side of God’s judgment seat will you stand? ‘When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory . . . . And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left’” (Matthew 25:31-34 NKJV).


Postscript.

There is an old hymn titled “Time Enough Yet,” with four verses reflecting the idea that Garth was trying to convey to us. The lyrics make the point: today is the day of salvation!


“O soul of mine, be not alarmed At what the Lord may say, Some future time, when I am

old, I’ll choose the heav’nly way. Time, time, time enough yet, O soul, why be alarmed? The

heavenly way I’ll choose some day, But there’s time, time enough yet!


I’m strong enough, I need no help, It’s pleasure that I crave; When I have drunk life’s sparkling cup, I’ll call on Christ to save. Time, time, time enough yet, O soul, why be alarmed? The heavenly way I’ll choose some day, But there’s time, time enough yet!


The Holy Spirit’s tender voice Entreats me night and day, And ere I go in sin too far I’ll

turn and Him obey. Time, time, time enough yet, O soul, why be alarmed? The heavenly

way I’ll choose some day, But there’s time, time enough yet!


Today, O friend, may be the last, Stop now and count the cost; You stand condemned

before the throne, Your soul forever lost. Lost! Lost! O what a cry From souls along the shore;

In darkness to go, In sorrow and woe, And be lost, lost evermore!”


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