Men That Had Understanding of the Times

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

1 Chronicles 12.32

“Men that had understanding of the times”—in their case, political and military understanding of the times, understanding of the conflict between David and King Saul.

It is no sin (necessarily) to misunderstand the times. But Israel would not have survived without men who had understanding of the times and who knew what Israel ought to do. And likewise the Church cannot survive without such men who have the wisdom to understand the times.

Most Christians do not—partly excusably, partly without excuse. The Church suffers as a result. The Church falters without men and leaders who understand the times.


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