Keeping Appointments

Have you ever thought about the importance of keeping your appointments?  If you break your dentist appointment for a cleaning and wait to reschedule long enough, your next appointment will be to have your teeth fixed.  If you wait even longer to make your appointment, your next appointment will be to get a tooth pulled.  If you break an appointment with a client, you’ll lose business.  If you miss your appointment to catch a flight, you’ll have to take the next one and you’ll be late.  If you miss your interview appointment, you won’t have a chance to get the job.  If we don’t make our appointments, but instead break them, we will suffer various levels of loss.

It’s interesting to note that as children, our parents help us to keep our appointments, but as we become an adult, we have the choice of whether we’ll make or break our appointments.  Some appointments are broken because we are lazy, some because we are not ready, some because we don’t really want to make them, and some because we are too busy and haven’t taken the time to make sure we keep the appointment.

You may find it interesting to note that God has made appointments for us at designated times, and if we choose to miss those appointments, we will suffer great loss.  Let’s look at a few Scriptures to hear about God’s appointments, or appointed times.  ‘Appointed time’ is listed 33 times in Scripture, and ‘appointed’ listed 154.  We’ll just look at a few.

  • God kept His appointment to make sure that Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had her promised son: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14
  • God kept His appointment to differentiate between the Egyptians and the Israelites at the exact time He set:  “And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.”’” Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.” So the Lord did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of the livestock of the children of Israel, not one died.”  Exodus 9:4-6
  • God has set feast appointments that he wanted the nation of Israel to keep:  “‘These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’” Leviticus 23:4-8
  • We even see that animals have appointed times when they migrate, when they repopulate, when they gather food for the winter, and when they hibernate:  ““Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord.”  Jeremiah 8:7
  • God kept His appointment to send Jesus to this earth:  “ But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”  Galations 4:4
  • We each have an appointment to die and be judged:  “27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ”  Hebrews 9:27
  • God has set an appointed time for the end of this world:  “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2: 2-3

There’s a pending appointment that we must all be ready for and that is when the Lord comes back for His bride.  We can’t miss this most appointment, lest we suffer great loss.  Let’s look at Jesus’ parable of the 10 virgins, 5 who made the appointment, and 5 who did not.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”  Matthew 25:1-13

Father God, help us to keep our appointments both on this earth and the spiritual appointments that You have set.  We don’t want to be too lazy, too careless, or too busy.  Impress upon our hearts the importance of being on top of what really matters.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.