Have you ever heard of the Greek word, kairos (silent 'a')? This word means “opportunity,” “season,” “a fixed time,” or “pregnant time.”
Kairos is the opposite of chronos, which is another Greek word for time. But unlike kairos, chronos deals with minutes, seconds, and sequential events (think of a regular clocking ticking). In other words, chronos is predictive. There is always 60 seconds to one minute and 24 hours in one day. This is completely different from kairos, however.
In Ephesians 5:15-16, the word kairos is used when Paul states, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
As we walk in the Spirit, we need to be sensitive to His timing. For instance, you might decide to pray from 1:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. (chronos), but the Holy Spirit might have you continue praying beyond that specific time because He is causing a great breakthrough in the spiritual realm at 2:30 A.M.
Here is another example. You might see a homeless person and the Holy Spirit will tell you to purchase food for him. Why? So you can demonstrate God's love to that displaced individual, which could soften his heart and cause him to accept salvation.
Bible verses that use the word chronos:
Bible verses that use the word kairos:
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