“Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.”
Time is a valuable commodity because, once it is gone, it can never be restored. You can’t take back the time of your childhood because once you become an adult, you are always going to be an adult. You can’t take back times that you should have done something. Regret is often the result of someone not doing what they were supposed to do at a certain time; thus, they live their life in regret. How you treat time reveals your appreciation of other people, and mostly it reveals how you appreciate the time God has given you.
The verse above says, “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed…” God had a set time for the feast day. Doing the feast before or after the appointed time made the feast of no avail, and in reality, not doing the feast at the appointed time was being disobedient to God. God expects things to be done His way and not your way. To do things when you want to do them and not when God tells you to do them is nothing short of rebellion. Doing things in their appointed times is simply following the principle of time that God gives. Let me share several thoughts about the importance of appointed times.
First, right done at the wrong time can keep right from being right. There is a right time and the right place for everything. You can do something right at the wrong time and it makes right become wrong. I often tell people that doing things at the right time is what makes right effectual and the action more enjoyable. I’ve watched young couples get married too early, and it hurt their marriage because they were not ready for marriage. I have watched teenagers rush into adult activities before they are an adult only to regret it later in their lives. One of the keys to making life fulfilling is staying in the stage of life that you are in and enjoying its benefits to their fullest.
Second, appointed times keep us doing right. I am a big proponent of living by a schedule. Those in my church know that I want things to start and finish at the time they are supposed to start and finish. You will find that the more you live by a schedule, the easier it is to do right. Without a schedule, you will never do right. For instance, the reason we have scheduled and start times for church and soul winning is because few people would ever go to church or go soul winning without scheduled times to do them. You will find that it is much easier to serve the LORD faithfully if you schedule your life to serve the LORD.
Third, appointed times keep us balanced. If you do things when you are supposed to do them, you will do everything that you are supposed to do. One reason people live unbalanced life is because they don’t have appointed times to do things. For instance, when you are home, be home and enjoy your time with the family. In other words, give your full attention to what you are presently doing and don’t worry about what you are to do next until its appointed time comes. You will avoid a lot of worry from your life if you give your attention only to that which you are supposed to be doing at the appointed time.
Fourth, appointed times keep us from wasting time. If you stay within your allotted times, you will not waste your time. Wasting time is wasting life; you will never be able to live a fulfilling life if you waste the time that God has given you.