When Mary and Martha sent to Jesus that Lazarus whom Jesus loved was very sick, Jesus waited two days (John 11:6) before going to their home. Why? Was it so that He could get off chronos and onto kairos? While ‘chronos’ is a period of time, ‘kairos’ is God’s appointed time to act, a moment in time when the Holy Spirit draws near to do a special work in and through a person or group. It is the Holy Spirit who creates and orchestrates ‘kairos moments.’
Then when He resurrected Lazarus who by then had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17), He demonstrated He is the Resurrection and the Life that whoever believes in Him may live and not die. A ‘kairos moment’ is the appointed time when the Holy Spirit is ready to act. It is a ‘pregnant moment’ during which the Spirit is prepared to ‘deliver’ the power of God to bring dynamic transformation to a person or situation.
What about the Spirit’s promise to Sarah who was past childbearing age that at the kairos moment she would conceive and have a son?
The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:10-14
A ‘kairos moment’ is a moment in time when “the Holy Spirit manifests His presence and is ready to accomplish His purposes at a particular time and place. Be alert as you draw near to God. Often when a kairos moment is about to happen, those who are tuned-in spiritually sense something is about to happen. The Spirit is waiting for the word of command that will release Him to act. Get ready for your kairos moments. Read in Precious Moments in the Wilderness Lay Leng’s feature story on Kairos Momets.