Monday, February 15, 2010

There's a time for everything...

Ecclesiastes 3:1
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven"

Repeatedly over the years I've come to a place where things seem stagnant and the temptation was strong to make something happen in my own strength rather than to wait; trusting God and his promise. Those times however, deep down in me God is saying chill! Those challenging times of me 'chilling' against my own will but in obedience to God were times when I began truly understanding patience and trust in God.

In today’s generation, popularly called the "microwave generation", waiting is not preferred... perhaps impatience is part of our humanity. One thing is sure though; we are not alone because in Genesis 16 two of our favorite people also had this problem of waiting. Abraham and Sarah had been promised a son by God. But they figured the process could be expedited by having a son through their maid. In a nutshell, that plan did NOT work. Ishmael, the son of Hagar their maid became one that would "live in hostility towards all his brothers" Genesis 16:12.
So in essence, our effort is required but not outside of God's will. When it exists outside of God's purposes, it usually slows down our journey by complicating it.

So agreed, it is not an easy task to wait on something you have no physical evidence showing you that it will occur. But that is what God requires of us, and so obey we must. Whatever dreams and ideas He has shared with you shall in due season come to fruition if we obey his directions. Numbers 23:19 reminds us that, "
God is not a man that He should lie... does He promise and not fulfill?" Those times when doubtful thoughts creep in, it is imperative we meditate on these timeless words of encouragement.

As Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "God made everything beautiful in its time". In its time friends, in its time... in its season to blossom, in its appropriate time! And so the bottom line is this- we must trust God to come through as He promised, and exercise patience as He prepares us to embrace the future.

feel free to post your comments and questions.

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