Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 16:3 (KJV); And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
In the English language, there is only one word to describe time but in Greek, there are two words; kairos and chronos. Chronos, from where we get chronology, means the time of minutes and seconds, days and months and years, the time of watches, calendars and clocks. Kairos alludes to spiritual time and not earthly time, it is the appointed time and occasions of the Spirit.
In our theme scripture, the word used is kairos and not chronos .
Why is it so important to understand kairos?
Kairos is the distinctive mark of discernment because it has signs. As such, Christ asks, O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the SIGNS of the kairos?
When you misinterpret the signs of Kairos, you will most likely miss spiritual time and the opportunities that God has availed for your progress.
For example, a man may be in a season in which God intends to elevate him. The Lord then sends signs such as constant dreams in which the man is instructed by God, a word from a man of God or a connection to an individual. If someone has not understood that he is in a time in which God intends to elevate him, he may look at the signs as mere coincidences and so, fail to act on them by either taking the time to inquire from the Holy Spirit more deeply or seeking to learn from the new people that God has brought into his life.
There are many people who have made momentous decisions in life that have drastically affected them because they discerned wrongly. Quitting a job because you have been at it for the past five years is not the same as quitting when God has instructed you that it is the right time to move on.
Too many people are fixated with chronos, it is all they understand. As the body of Christ, God has called us to awaken our spirits to how kairos works.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 12:56, 1 Chronicles 12:32
GOLDEN NUGGET: Kairos is the distinctive mark of discernment because it has signs. As the body of Christ, God has called us to awaken our spirits to how kairos works.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I am alive to spiritual time and what You are doing in the seasons of my life. I see the signs and interpret them by the wisdom of the Spirit. Like the sons of Issachar, I know what to do, who to relate with and which places to go, in Jesus’ name, Amen.