Mark 4:35 – And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
I hear so much about God’s timing. I don’t believe there is such a thing. I realize there are durations of time that exist in our world as we move from point to point in life, but that is not a matter of timing, but a matter of time use. An example of that would be the children of Israel and their quest to enter into the promised land. Their journey from Egypt to the promised land could have ended in a matter of few weeks, but instead it took 40-years. None of that delay was a matter of God’s timing, but of how the children of Israel used their time. If, instead of making a golden calf, they had sharpened their swords and spears and practiced blowing upon their shofars, and if, instead of grumbling about a stroll through the desert they had rejoiced over the report of Joshua and Caleb, they would have possessed the promised land in a matter of weeks instead of having to wait for an entire generation of doubters to die, using up 40-years of time. You see, it wasn’t a matter of God’s timing, but of how they used their own time.
In our Text for Today, we read that it was evening time, and Jesus had just spent an entire day using His time excellently, preparing the people by speaking the Word to them. He had taught them the foundational principle of how the kingdom of God works – the seed principle. He was, no doubt, tired from a full day of ministry; He had finished His work for the day. He had a team in place; they were His disciples. At least four of them were professional fishermen who knew the Sea of Galilee well. Being finished with His work there, it was time to move. It was time to go to the other side, so He gave the order.
His words to His disciples at this point become key to their ability to succeed in what He said. Remember, He had just spent an entire day teaching them how the kingdom of God operates – the seed principle. They were as prepared for the move as He could make them. Now consider His command to them. He did not say, “We need to move on.” He did not say, “I need to get to the other side.” He said, “Let us pass over unto the other side.” It was time for all of them to “pass over unto the other side.” Ordained “good works” were waiting on them. It wasn’t a matter of God’s timing, but of them using their time well so they could fulfill all the Lord had set before them. Is it time for you to “pass over unto the other side?”
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; John 9:4; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Ephesians 2:10