The lame man was carried by his friends each day to beg outside the Beautiful gate. It was his routine but one day was different – the day Peter and John saw him on the ground and healed him in the name of Jesus. There seemed nothing different about the day when he sat down on his mat but it was going to be the day that God would make beautiful. The word “beautiful” in Acts 3.2 here doesn’t mean beautiful in appearance as we might think but beautiful in timing and effect. The beggar received in that divine moment much more than he asked for or expected. It was a “kairos” moment for the man. The Apostle Paul expected every believer to understand the difference between “kairos” and “chronos”. “But concerning the times (chronos) and the seasons (kairos), brethren, you have no need that I should write to you” ( 1 Thessalonians5:1) “Chronos” is earth time – regular, linear and predictable. “Kairos” is God’s moment; the due time, the right time when eternity intersects with “chronos”. It is sometimes unexpected, it’s often miraculous and sometimes it even seems to come too late. Think Lazarus.
Joseph’s “chronos” was difficult and challenging, including a pit, a promiscuous princess and a prison. It looked bad but God was about to make it beautiful. Gods “chronos” made him a prince with power. He came to see you that “My times are in your hand” (Psalms 31.15)
Zachariah and Elizabeths “chronos”, included 60 years of childless service to God. It looked too late and hopeless but God was about to make it beautiful. Gods “chronos” was a miracle son who would be a forerunner of Jesus Christ. It was more than they could have asked for or expected. “Chronos” can produce the results of human reaping and sowing but “kairos” has an outcome that is beautiful, miraculous, abundant and necessary for destiny!
Friend, in 2019 if you’ll stay faithful in your service and even in your suffering, our Father will make all things beautiful in His time.
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