To be anointed is to be empowered and enabled to do that which God is commanding us to do. The anointing of Issachar has a twofold outworking, firstly, to know the time you are in and secondly to know what to do. See 1 Chron 12:32
“In any moment of decision, the best thing to do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all.” Theodore Roosevelt
The Father does not what us to be in the dark and so he has promised to switch the light on so we can see the time and our much-needed action.
The entrance of His word brings light. Ps 119:130 He has also promised that He will flood the eyes of our heart with light. See Eph 1:18 (enlightened means to flood with light).
So, as I open His word now, I pray and come into agreement with you, that the Holy Spirit will give you the anointing of Issachar, so you’ll see what time it is and what actions are needed.
In the New Testament, there are three different words for time and each one is describing a different phase of the same process. The three words are Chronos, Kairos & Pleroo. Let’s look at the keyword and core dynamic of each, how they related to each other and what actions, lead us from one phase to the next?
Chronos – general or everyday time. What I call tick tock time! The clock just keeps ticking and tocking, like an old grandfather clock in the hallway of life, as we come in and go out! Scripture reveals three core dynamics, attitudes of life, that need to be developed in Chronos time: perseverance, faithfulness and thanksgiving. See Roms 5:3-5 & James 1:2-8
“Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time (kairos) we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9
An illustration from the life of the bee will give us insight into proper (kairos) time.
In the first stage of its life, the bee is placed in a hexagonal cell, given sufficient honey and then the cell and bee are sealed over with wax. Stage two happens when the bee runs out of honey, it discerns it is time (kairos) to start stage three. Stage three is all about pushing through the wax. So, it begins to make a hole just big enough to push through. This stage and the effort requires becomes very wearing to the bee. Yet, it this effort and pressure that removes a thin membrane, that’s covering its wings. It then flies, soars and begins to receive and release life-giving material.
Kairos means opportune or strategic time and always involves pushing against pressure. It does not feel like an opportune time for the bee, and for us too because the pressure and effort can make us weary. Yet, the consistent effort the bee makes in ‘wax time’ and we make in Kairos time, contains the designer’s strategy which will enable and empower us to fly, soar and receive and release life-giving material.
The third and final word for time is pleroo and refers to something being completed or finished. So, in Gal 4:4 we read –
“but when the time (pleroo) had fully come, God set His Son….”
I refer to pleroo time as holding and showing the baby off time!
I am an Abu el Banat which is a Bedouin saying & the title of an episode from the West Wing. It means father of daughters!
I was there when each one was conceived and born. I share this because I don’t know of a more precise illustration for all the three words for time and the process it leads to, than having a baby
Conception and gestation happen in tick-tock time. When the news comes that a baby is on its way, there are actions around nutrition and check-ups that are key. Then comes Kairos time – labour. It’s time to push!
I can remember with our first daughter, Dawn was enormous and feeling very uncomfortable and so we walked over the river for a drink at the pub. Dawn got her soft drink, I had a pint of Guinness that was settling when suddenly Dawn said – “my waters have broken.” I have never drunk a pint of Guinness so fast and off we went to the hospital where, 24 hours later, Heidi was born.
Chronos became Kairos and I can well remember the pain and difficulty that Dawn went through and the potential danger there was, to her and Heidi!
All of this was forgotten, for a while at least, as Dawn held Heidi!
‘Spiritual babies,’ the gifts and new arrivals Father puts inside all His sons and daughters, all have to come through this threefold process. So, the crucial question is –
What time are you in?
- Is it time to get pregnant? (the historical meaning of intercourse, describes two minds connecting!) Father has something in His mind that He’d like to see running around in His world. Is it time to take His idea and give it life and legs
- Maybe you’ve been carrying and feeding His idea for a while now. Keep persevering, remain faithful and step up the thanksgiving because, these attitudes and disciplines, will lead you to Kairos time! (labour time.) Read Ish 66:9)
- If your circumstances are difficult, uncomfortably painful and there’s been an increase in fear, then you are definitely in Kairos time. Get ready to push!
- If you’re holding the baby congratulations! Now help that new arrival to mature, produce and multiple.
Abu el Banat