Understanding God’s timing

If you experience the joy of walking closely with Jesus your savior, you will know something about God’s timing. The secret to success is often not so much what you do, but when you do it – in other words, doing the right thing at the right time. With God, timing can be everything!

One business can open and seem to do everything right,and fail, and yet another that seems to do the same thing using the same formula and it flourishes.  This is called timing!

The wisest man who ever lived (according to the Word) Solomon wrote the following:

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecc 3:11).

In the book of Esther, one of the most powerful themes is “for such a time as this”. Many prayers are prayed with faith, and with expectation and yet God seems to say No. It has been said that God answers every prayer with either a Yes, a No or a Not yet. It is all about Timing.

The Bible tells us in James, that God is a Father who gives us good gifts. He is indeed a father full of love towards his children. In fact God IS love! Christ died for us while we hated him and were sinners. But now we have been adopted into His family; we are joint heirs with Jesus, heirs of all the Father has in heaven and on earth.

Some people however are trapped in a world of lethargy – in a state of inertia. They never get anything done, because they are always waiting for a better time or another day. Procrastination is their middle name! God expects us to be active, and doing good all the time, unless He tells us specifically to “be still” for a time or a season. Until such an instruction is received, we should be busy about His kingdom.

Psalms says

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps 90:12).

We don’t have forever – the days are short. We need to redeem the time. if you are guilty of procrastination, then this verse above should hopefully get you going. Then again, many others are guilty of always wanting to do it NOW. Jesus who is our greatest example understood that He had to wait for the right time before his time came.

Jesus told his disciples one day “The right time for me has not yet come.”

God Himself is aware of the importance of acting in the right time. The Bible says, “when the time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Gal 4:4). God did not send Jesus too early or too late. God sent Jesus just at the right time.

Have you missed God’s timing?

Maybe you gave up on your teenager too soon, or maybe you gave up on your marriage too soon. Maybe you rushed into a relationship, while you knew it was a bit premature. Fortunately God is God of all, including TIME. The Bible says that you can “redeem the time” (Ep 5:16). Redeem means to get back! God will let you recover some of the time that you have lost.

This is really exciting! Even if you have missed your opportunities for success, you can repent and get back time from God. Pray and ask God to redeem the time for you. God is a God of second chances.

Many people feel that God’s will and his timing are so difficult to understand. However, we read that:

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (NIV)

Do not be afraid to plan, but before you act on your plan, submit it to God and ask Him to direct your steps. If your plan is not quite what God had in mind, He will show you as you go, sometimes really early on in the process. Of course this also requires listening to God and that means to be still and quiet before Him with the Word open and in a prayerful attitude. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes and ears and He will.

God has made it easy for us to understand His timing. He made it simple to discover His time by giving us the seasons of life.

Everything has seasons and there is a right time for everything.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (Ecc 3:1)

You see, to know the time for everything you need to understand that every activity has a season.Seasons are God’s clue to timing. What season are you in?

Tomorrow I will share about the seasons. God bless you.

 

Lessons from Isaiah 53 v 2

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

I am continuing to look at God’s love and mercy for us, and why we should not blame God for tragedy and sickness in our lives. Jesus is portrayed in this prophecy as coming to the world with no beauty and no majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. Jesus was the embodiment of the principles that he taught us while on earth. he taught us that we do not walk by sight, but rather by faith. That we need to look at the things which are not seen, rather than the things which we can see.

This idea is a tough one for many Christians. We are naturally conditioned through our western world, and through generations of teaching that we respond to that which we see. One of the things I have been dealing with in the last two days, is the subject of healing. Now this subject is the perfect example of where we have vastly conflicting ideas about whether or not God heals today. I heard Andrew Wommack say that when someone says “I believe God can heal” then that is hope. When you say I know that God will heal, that is faith. Jesus came into the world in a very subdued manner – born in a manger with no pomp and ceremony. Surely for the Son of God no-one would have minded if he had been born in the King’s palace. But God’s way is gentle and unassuming. So Jesus came in a way that did not impress us as people. He was Born as any child would be born and there was nothing special that would have attracted us to him physically. But the star that shone from the east was announcing that this was no ordinary child. Even the stars shone over him.

Jesus told us through his life, that God does not look at the outward – God looks at the heart and the motives. God is not impressed by the things that impress humans. We are told to walk by faith and not by sight. So we need to then act on that. When we know that God wants someone to be healed, then we can pray confidently. We know that Jesus has already healed us by his stripes. So I hear you saying that “not everyone gets healed.” That is true. I believe that healing is a tricky subject. We are subject to the curse of the ground on this earth, and Satan rules this earth. As believers we have in us the power of the living God and we are no longer under the power of Satan. So we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Death and disease is a curse that came upon mankind by sin. So we live in a fallen world which subjects us to death and to other laws (like gravity) which we cannot escape from. Within this world, God wants us to be healthy. We can make oursleves sick by eating badly, behaving badly, by holding grduges, getting angry, through unforgiveness and bitterness and more.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is near. When Jesus was living on this earth, he healed all who were oppressed by the devil. That was a glimpse of the kingdom of God. The kingdom og God is coming. Jesus told us to pray for the kingdom of God to come (you remember from the Lord’s prayer). When the kingdom of God comes, it restores the order and balance back to God’s original intention.

Some people when they pray for the sick, will pray “if it be your will”. There is no prayer in the Bible which tells us to pray like this. Jesus did not say “if it be thy will” when he was in Gethsemane. Jesus knew the will of the father and he said “nevertheless, thy will be done”. The prayer that says “if it is your will” destroys faith. Because then we are praying without power. God wants us to find out his will (which he reveals by his word) and then to walk in faith and do his will, even if we cannot see the immediate evidence. Sometimes we pray and when the person is not immediately and miraculously healed, we think God never heard us. But we will allow antibiotics to take a weke or two to work, so why does all healing have to be instant.

And yet not everyone is healed. I believe when people are not healed it is because of our lack of faith and because of our lack of closeness to God. Jesus never failed to heal anyone. he healed every time. EVERY TIME. And Jesus said we will do at least what he did, and even greater things. But to do that we have toi wakk with him, closer and closer every day, so that we learn the rythms of his grace.

 

Thoughts from Genesis 1:3

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

God created using words. He spoke stuff into existence. We need to know the power of the spoken word. We are saved when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. We need to speak our faith a lot more than we do. Sometimes we may not even be convinced of what we are saying, but in speaking the word out, we will eventually believe it.

God created Light on Day 1. Do you note that the Bible spoke about evening and morning on Day 1. Have you ever noticed that the sun and moon and stars were only created on Day 4? I am just saying! God created light without the need of the Sun. man God is amazing.

I love the way the Word says that God created the light and then he spearated it from the darkness. It was almost as though the light and the darkness co-existed for a while, before God separated them.