Far more important than a point IN time is HOW YOU USE you time.
John 7:30 – Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
I am absolutely amazed at how Christians us time as an excuse for not receiving something from the Lord, or to justify stages of struggle in their lives, or as to why it seems a prayer went unanswered. I cannot number how often I have heard statements such as, “I know the Lord will heal me in His timing.” That person has no understanding of the covenant into which Jesus has brought them. And then some say, “When it is the Lord’s timing, I will be promoted.” That person is attempting to void themselves of all responsibility for the work of the Lord by placing EVERY weight on the Lord, not understanding that He is ALWAYS READY, but that they are forcing Him to wait on them to get ready, to train, to grow up, to prepare.
Think of this. In Genesis 15:13, God told Abram that his heirs would be afflicted by the Egyptians for “four hundred years.” Yet in Exodus 12:40-41, and in Galatians 3:17, we read that the children of Israel were afflicted by the Egyptians for 430 years. Did God miss it? Absolutely not. So why is there a 30-year discrepancy in the numbers? It is because what God desired, God said, but Moses, by his killing of the Egyptian slave master, threw the plans of God 30 years in arrears. You see, it wasn’t God’s timing, it was man’s misuse time. What are you doing with the time allotted to you for your purpose in the earth. How many of us have labored, worked, and even struggled for years to build a stable ministry? Yet consider Jesus. He had to be 30 years of age before He could be truly accepted as a messenger of the Lord. And within a little more than three years, He had fully accomplished all He needed to do to step into the final stages of the redemptive work Father had planned for Him. In that time, He started His ministry, chose the 12, did more works that could be recorded, finished the work Father gave Him to do, payed the full price for our redemption, and was seated at the right hand of Father.
Time and again we see it in the Scriptures. It isn’t really a matter of God’s timing, but a matter of what man (and that means us) does in his day-to-day living to enable Father to use him as He desires. God will not use an unprepared vessel, yet how often are we fully prepared in a timely manner for the Lord to work through us as He pleases. It is NOT a matter of us waiting on Him to be ready, but of Him waiting on us. Are you ready today? Let’s work at it both smarter and harder.
Manna for Today – John 7:25-31; Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 5:16; Galatians 1:11-17