Extraordinary Time

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016

Slow Down There's No Time To Waste

Key Bible Verse: “From one man [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Acts 17:22-28

The [Greek] word chronos, from which we derive out word chronological, suggests the steady, paced unfolding of time: one hour, one day, one year, one generation, each followed by the next, none different from the next or the previous. This is ordinary time measured out by the dispassionate hands of a clock or the inflexible grid of a calendar.

Kairos, on the other hand, is time freighted with significance, moments laden with momentousness. When writer chose kairos over chronos, they often wished to speak not just of any moment but of a decisive or crucial one. Used this way, kairosi is extraordinary time, amplified time, crossroads time, hinge time.

This secular Greek idea of kairos served the writers of the New Testament beautifully in describing a view of the universe in which a personal God is the author of events in time. He is above and amid all things, the fashioner of moments imbued with meaning and opportunity.  In the hands of the New Testament authors, kairos moments are times made extraordinary by the presence and purposes of God, puncture points when God intrudes and confronts us with himself.

Kairos moments are divinely ordained rips in the seam of day-to-day life when we are confronted with the holy purposes of God. Such moments demand a decision or compel an action. They come to us as both gift and insistence. Kairos moments require both that they be recognized and that their urgings be answered.

– David Henderson in Tranquility


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