7 Laws of Breakthrough (4)
If you have been following this column, you will recall that this is the fourth week on this series. We have talked about law no.1-PERSISTENCE, law no.2-COURAGE, and law no.3-FAITH. If so far you have been putting these to use, I believe you should have some testimonies already. This week we’ll move on to law no.4 as we consider the saying of one of the wisest men that ever lived-Solomon.
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but TIME and CHANCE happeneth to them all.”- Ecclesiastes 9:11. KJV
Solomon said swiftness, strength, wisdom, understanding or even favour does not guarantee you a breakthrough, they are good and in fact necessary but they aren’t enough. He said it’s all decided by these two factors- TIME and CHANCE. Let’s bother ourselves with the first this week; we’ll consider the second subsequently. That brings us to Law no. 4- TIME.
It’s important we know everything on this terrestrial ball works with a time table so says Solomon. There is a time to be born and another to die, one time to plant and another to pluck up that which was planted- everything obeys the law of time, everything!
Interestingly, we cannot control time; the scripture says our times are in God’s hand- psalm 31:15 but it sure can be managed; you can master the use of it; you can maximise every second of it, yes! every second. In 1 Chronicles 12:32 the bible tells us of the sons Issachar who had understanding of the times and so knew what Israel ought to do and their brethren were at their command. Like I stated earlier, events on earth are governed by a time table. Time is divided into sections- seasons; each season is marked out for certain events and so there is what to do per time.
The farmer for instance knows that if you must harvest tomorrow, you must sow today, so when he sees rain which usually is a pointer to the planting season he knows it’s time to break the ground and bury some seeds. When that is done, he knows also what next to do until finally it’s time to harvest. Notice the farmer doesn’t control the time and season; he just understands and works along with it. If you disobey every other thing, please don’t disobey time; it won’t forgive you!
Learn another lesson from the farmer; every season as a pointer- something indicating it’s time for a particular thing, watch out for those signs. I’ll leave you with the 4 P’s of time; 1. PLAN your time, time is life! Always remember you don’t have forever to do anything. Time is a countdown not a count up 2. Don’t PROCASTINATE; procrastination is the thief of time. Never leave till tomorrow what can be done today, do now what can be done now. The past is history, the future is mystery, the present is all you have 3. PRIORITIZE your time; do the most important things first, some things are good but not as important as others. Always ask yourself which is more important? 4. Be PRUDENT with time; unlike money, time cannot be saved. You are left with only two options, either you spend it or invest it. if you spend it, bear in mind you won’t regain it but if you invest it, you will have more to show for it. My candid advice is this, spend less, invest more. See you next week!
President, The Teacher Ministries
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