Understanding the time.
1 Chronicles 12:32: “And of the children of lssachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”
Our Bible text does not end with the men of lssachar merely understanding the times. They also knew what Israel should do. This adds wisdom to knowledge. Having information is one thing. but having the wisdom to know what to do with that knowledge is immensely valuable.
This verse comes in a chapter of chronicles, a crucial period in the life of David. It lists the groups of Israelites who ioined him at different times, before and after the death of Saul. These “men of lssachar” were among them, and they helped to make David king over all the tribes of Israel.
Before we can deliberate more on the sons of issachar, we need to understand some key terms.
There are 3 keys words that we need to understand in which our understanding of them will help our journey in tonight class.
A. What is wisdom?
Wisdom is defined as the right use or exercise of knowledge, the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them.
I define wisdom as
The correct Application of what you know (which is known as knowledge) through proper digesting and dissecting (understanding) to get a meaningful result.
As a mater of fact, what you apply is what you know and what you know is what you understand.
What you don’t know, you don’t and can’t understand and what you don’t understand, can never be applied in real sense.
Wisdom therefore is the correct/ accurate application of what you know and what you understand.
Wisdom is applying what you know and understand efficiently to get the desired results expected.
Jas 1:22 AKJV But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Hearers are those who receive information through hearing, learning, reading.. And does not understand..
While another category of hearer are those who has the information, understands it but doesn’t do it. Such people are termed as fool.
Mat 7:24 AKJV Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock:
Mat 7:21 AKJV Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Rom 2:13 AKJV (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Understanding is therefore defined as the break down of knowledge into accessible part for the benefit of the user.
What is time??
Time is – the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.
The duration between a distance is time.
For the purpose of tonight topic.. I define time based on the acronym below.
I-ideas, initiative, investment
E-nergy(zeal) for earthly/ E-ternal.
Everything in life is time bound and time determinant. Time to live, time to die, time to birth, time to rest etc.
Eccl 3:1-8 summarize it all. Which means there is time for everything in life.
Understanding the time, how will you understand the time without having a vivid usage of what time should be.
For every generation there exist different time and for every time, there exist different languages, different set of ideas, different set of rules, different set of model, different set of names, different set of dance, different set of song, different set of praise, different set of prayer because time revolves over everything. Time Is constant, yet it changes everything in life.
There was a time that over size cloth are the best, and time eradicate such and another time comes in which agbada, gbariye, etc are the talk of town, but as times goes on, they pass away and and a new set of acts begins with the same time.
There was a time, the hair style men cut was ponbe, skin, fadan etc.. But as time evolved, a change occurs simply because man is evolving and the environment in which man resides also evolves.
There was a time there was pako biscuit, shibi je, baba dudu, etc but time evolves and a change occurs to them.. There was a time for ten ten, suwe, after line 1, etc… All this games evolved and change because the environment changes, the men of those days changes… And alot also change.
There was a time, in which the farmers are very accurate of the weather, the time and season when it will rain and they don’t add much fertilizer and yet they were able to grow their crops extensively yet all this time evolved, in the sense that, they were obsolate.
Even when Jesus was on earth, he was able to preach effectively because of what they have at that very time. He used fig trees, he use wine, he use bread etc… Unlike our own days in which we have thousands of foods unlike the olden days.
Now how do we speak to the people of this generation which has evolved. How do we make sense and win their heart to Christ, in a time like this…. When you don’t understand the time that we are, you won’t be able to function in such time…
If you don’t know the words or phrases for this times like this.. You are considered outdated and not from their generation, which is why some youth find it hard to hear the gospel and didn’t believe in it because a time like this requires the gospel of this time..
Let see this.. Alll the leaves that we have are for thks generations not for older generations. The leaves for the old generation died with the old generation and the leaf for this new generation evolve with this current generation.
As a pastor, how will you be able to preach in a time like this, without having proper knowledge, and understanding in a time like this and proper application (wisdom) of a time like this..
Do you know why the youth of nowadays thought the adult doesn’t understand them, it is simply because the adult aren’t revolved to understand what it takes to make impact on the youth in a time like this..
Just like singing the songs of 1920’s in 2019. There is a wide range of differences that they both encounter and you cannot compare the encounter of the old with the encounter of the new. There is something the old did that the new didn’t do and there is something new the new will do that the old didn’t Do.
Just like the old testament days didn’t have the name of Jesus while we of this generation have his name and the work it does for us, differs from the work it does for those at the old in the sense that they would done more miracles had if been they had that name.
The best examples so far is technology. The technology of 1920 different Farr Farr by the technology we have in 2019. And the technology we will have in 2059 will differ so much with the technology we have currently. All this revolve with time.
Let us also look at family issues. The family issues that occurs in 1880 aren’t compared with the ones we have now, simply because there is increased in knowledge.
When there is an increase in knowledge, there is also a need for someone to understand this knowledge and able to apply properly to be fit humanity.
The type of soul winning of 1930 differs so so much wit the types of soul we will win in 2019. The types of fish they eat in 1930 differs from the types of fish we eat now. The kind of trap they use to catch fish in 1930 differs from the kind of traps we will use to catch fish in this generation.
In the olden days, you will use hook and stick and add earthworms at the edge for the fish to catch. Just like the days of apostle Peter was by the using of netspread abound in the sea of seeing net cages in the sea But if differs vastly now..
The way a man propose to woman also differs and the way a woman respond to proposal now also differs.
Am drawing all this incite to let us know that what we have today isn’t sufficient to sustain us for the upcoming generations.
The knowledge you have isn’t sufficient, the understanding you have isn’t sufficient and your old approach or application to life won’t get you the same result with time evolving around it…
There are some theories propounded that was accurate before but not accurate anymore.. Time bound has catch up with them.. And new theories begins to oversea or overshadow previous experience.
One of the things that makes school boring to student are the knowledge they acquired in school, those who taught them and the methods used in delivering it to them. You can never ever compare the teaching of 1930 to the teaching of 2019. If you do, your students will fail massively. Because what they need is the knowledge of now while of the old is just to have an idea of and the one of today is to use to fully solve their own problems.
Studenf find it difficult to solve problems because the solution to problems they were taught is of old and the solution exist to the old generation, not to this generation. This new generation has its own problems, it own solutions lies within it not of previous generation.
Just like in the far olden days where HIV was never in place, but people do have headaches, and they were taught how to cure headaches, but how Wil the cure for headaches cure hiv if today’s knowledge of today’s situation isn’t analyzed. If the ebola of today isn’t studied with the idea of today, but with the idea of old, the cure of ebola won’t be possible..
As a church we need to push further.. There are some preachings that are not necessary of this time like this.. There are some songs that aren’t meant for this time like this.. Just like someone singing the song of burial in a wedding ceremony or someone preaching prosperity in a burial ceremony..
As a Sunday school teacher, step up your game, as an usher step up your game..
I watch a movie black panther, have watched this movie more than 4 times last year, but this month, I was prompted to watch again, even though I wasn’t really interested. I began to watch but not with full attention because I already know about it. But there is something that struck me hard while re-watching it. A statement made by , The black panther junior sis. She said and I quote, “Because a thing is good, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved on” then I paused the movie from there and begin to meditate on that word.
Come to think of it. God created everything Good, yet God still improves Everything he created. Man failed God, God still improves him to become a better him. Every man who failed, God, still give them chance to improve themselves which we know as grace.. We sin today and we felt bad and God still say, you have time to make up for your default. You can still make it up, stand up and do it.. That vision that was giving to you, you can still achieve it, irrespective of your age.. Your age is just a number, of God can use Moses at old age, what is old age that God can’t use you..
The more you sleep and wake up per day, you have the opportunity to make corrections to the mistakes you made. God keep giving us opportunities to reset our lives everyday. Every 24 hours is a time to reset your mistakes and make them right.
To the pastors, Sunday school teacher, Bible coordinators, I know you teach very well and exceedingly and abundantly, yet you can still improve on it… Nothing is unimprovable.
Even the fig trees that wasn’t giving fruits, yet was still giving fertilizer to improve itself..
You preach and win 5 souls daily, you can still improve yourself, you pray 30 minutes daily, you Can still improve your self. There is no man who cannot be improved. Same as there is no student who cannot be improved. When you stop improving yourself, you become stale.
Even the Jesus taught us while teaching the disciples how to pray, give us our daily, the bread of today isn’t sufficient for the bread of tommorow and yesterdays bread is only meant for yesterday. 5am bread isn’t sufficient for 12pm bread. And 12 pm bread isn’t sufficient for 6pm evening bread. Same as the food we eat in the morning is sufficient for the morning alone, not sufficient for the afternoon. Afternoon also need its food for its to function also.
Just exactly the knowledge of God you have today, this very hour isnt sufficient for tonight. You need his knowledge every hours and every point of your life. The dreams you had today, isn’t sufficient to make you achieve it. You need to catch a higher dream to draw you more closer to it. The word you have within you today isn’t sufficient for the word for the next generation.
God has different words for different generations which is why he sent different men’s with different vision with different words, with different capacity, with different capabilities for the fulll establishment of the body.
The ideas you have today isn’t sufficient for the upcoming generation. Your thinking of today isn’t sufficient for the upcoming
In a time like this..
How relevant are you in a time like this..
Here I will be discussing the keys to relevance in time like this..
I know many of us want to win soul, we want to be on fire for God, we want to do miracles and want God to use us fully but we are yet to graps the full concept of whom God is sending us to and why is he sending us to them, and how do we communicate with the person he is sending us to and what message exactly are we sending to them.