Time, Judgment, and Purpose

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Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.”

Decisions make or break the quality of your life, and they make or break what God can do through your life. Because decisions are so important, you should be very careful about the decisions you make. The verses above show three important elements that determine whether or not you are making the right decisions. These three elements are time, judgment, and purpose. You will always make the right decision when these three elements guide your decisions. Let me explain what I mean.

First, there are times when something is not bad, but the timing is not right. It is often said that timing is everything, and this is true. Just because something is not bad does not mean that it is the right time to do it. For instance, there are times when it is not wrong to marry someone, but it is not the right time to marry them. Be sure the timing is right when you are deciding on what to do.

Second, there are times when something is not bad, but it is not the best. Judgment is determining between the good and the best. There are some times when what you want to do is good, but it is not best for you. You should not desire to just do what is good, but you should desire to do what is best, and what is best is God’s perfect will for your life.

Third, there are times when the manner and timing are right, but the purpose is wrong. If what you are doing is for selfish purposes instead of God’s will, then whatever you are wanting to do is not the right thing to do. There are things that are not bad, and the timing is right, but your purpose is wrong because it is focused on you. Anything you do should never be about you, but about how it benefits God.

So, how do we determine when judgment, timing, and purpose are right? You must ask yourself several questions to find these answers. If you ask the right questions, you will find the right answers about what you should do.

First, what is your purpose? Is this decision about you or about God’s will? Is this decision about how you will be affected or about what God wants to be done? Your purpose for doing something is critical to making the right decisions.

Second, is what you want to do the right thing? In other words, does your decision agree with God’s Word and God’s will? Every right decision will agree with God’s Word and will for your life. Just because it agrees with God’s Word does not mean it is His will for your life. The right decision will always agree with God’s Word and will for your life.

Third, is it the right timing for what you want to do? Much prayer must always be made to determine the right timing. Your timing can make or break the success of what you want to do. Get the timing right, and you will likely succeed in what you want to do.

Fourth, you must ask yourself, “Will I be ok with this decision ten years from now?” Just because it will benefit you today does not mean that you will be happy with this decision down the road. You would be wise never to do something that you would not want to be doing ten years down the road.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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