Have you ever dared to dream a dream but wondered when?
Have you ever felt a new day dawning but wondered when?
Have you ever been told by God that it is time for change but wondered when?
Have you ever been challenged to take a new horizon in faith but wondered when?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is an appointed time for every purpose. God has an appointed time! But history tells us that, on the majority of occasions, God’s people missed that divine moment. All heaven was anticipating with great excitement only to see man missing that opportunity; procrastination, human logic and selfish complacency robbing them of their destiny.
In Exodus, God delivers Israel from Egypt in order to take them into the Promised Land in a matter of days. Right on cue the day arrives, but unbelief and a lack of trust causes them to miss their moment. The result was a wasted generation (40 years) in regret. They failed to seize the moment! Oh, the tragic consequence of failing to seize the moment!
Contrast that with WW2 – D-day in the middle of a week of horrendous weather came a brief window of opportunity. It was so brief that the German High Command did not believe anyone would attempt anything. But Churchill and Eisenhower were men that seized the moment. They launched that invasion and the tide of world history changed.
Jesus in Luke 19: 41-44 weeps over Jerusalem. Why? Because in verse 44, ‘You did not recognize the time of your visitation.’ They failed to seize the moment of God’s opportunity.
Friends, we live in urgent days. In all of our lives, God is challenging us to greater horizons of faith, deeper levels of trust, greater intensities of commitment, zeal and passion, bolder steps of initiative. But will we seize the moment? Or will we procrastinate and lose the promise? I believe that our Father is looking for an attitude: “My people shall be willing in the day of My power!”
NOW THE QUESTION ARISES: How do we know if it’s God’s timing or not?
Here are my thoughts on that:
- God is a God of order
- Psalm 37 declares that the steps of a righteous person are ordered by the Lord
- Philippians 3:15 tells me if my heart and motivation is right, that should I ever leave the path of God’s intention, the Holy Spirit will let me know
- God is not the author of confusion
Therefore my deductions are:
- If it isn’t clear, it isn’t the right time
- If I have a check in my spirit from the Holy Spirit, it isn’t the right time
- If my wife or spiritual oversight have a conviction that it is not the timing, it isn’t the right time
- If I’m not living as a man or woman of purity, prayer and friendship with God and His people, then I shouldn’t trust my own instincts
- I am a man or woman of prayer
- I am in a right relationship with my oversight and the people of God
- I am pure in my motivation to serve God and His Kingdom
- The fog has cleared and what God has said to do is clear
THEN, start taking steps of Obedience and Faith! Do it now!
Next month, I will continue this thought as we consider the phrase: “Set out from your place and go after it”.
Until then, let me encourage you to be bold and courageous in your response to Father’s invitation and see that new day drawn out of the realm of promise into the realm of today’s experience.
Embracing the future of my Father’s intention,