Acts 21: 5 “When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.”
When it is time to leave, leave.
The Message says, “When our time was up, they escorted us out of the city to the docks. Everyone came along—men, women, children. They made a farewell party of the occasion! We all kneeled together on the beach and prayed.”
Yesterday afternoon I listened to a message about seasons asking the question, do you know what time you are in, Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?
Yesterday afternoon I heard a preacher and leader of many churches in India share how his father had died and that on his death bed, his father said, “God has done in my life all He has wanted to do.” His father knew this was his last breath and these were his last words and that is why he said them.
Yesterday afternoon I was told by a friend who has a school in a persecuted nation that their donor has suddenly without warning stopped their funding and has walked away from them. I wish I could give you the reason but if you can manage the smallest reason possible then it is smaller than that! The salaries of these teachers, the education and gospel witness is immediately under threat. They have had to borrow money to pay this month’s bill. But their anxiety over the future was also mixed with the fact that their close friend of many years had stopped their relationship.
We need to know when the season is over.
We need to know when the time is up for an activity or yes even our life.
We need to know when the chapter of a friendship is closing or has closed.
We then need to continue along our way.
Paul and his team knew it had come to an end, they had done what they should have done and painful though it was, they left.
We need to know the exits as well as the entrances.