In His Time
"And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time." - 2 Thessalonians 2:6
I want to look at God's timing this morning. He is never late, or early. His timing is perfect and always on time. He moves within the council of His own will and His ways are perfect. The Messiah was not born in the Book of Genesis when the first prophecy came about Him. But He was born in the "fullness of time"- in God's perfect time. David did not take the throne when Samuel anointed Him as king over Israel- it was years later. Joseph was not exalted to the place of ruler over Egypt when he had the dreams- it too was years later. Abraham did not have Isaac when God first promised him an heir, it was many years later.
Many times the scriptures use the phrase: "And it came to pass ---- time". That means that there is a process of time that has to take place for some things to occur. We want God to give us everything now -- or yesterday. If He doesn't fulfill and do what He says at the moment He said it, we get discouraged, lose hope, and stop walking in faith. "Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) Just because I don't see it at the moment He makes the promise doesn't mean that He isn't going to do it. If He said it- if He told me this was going to happen- then it will... it just won't be in my timing but it will be according to His timing... which is perfect.
If He has spoken to you - If HE has spoken to you -- not man, not your own wishes and desires, not some idea that you have- then He will bring it about. Sometimes what we believe for was not actually spoken to us by God- it was the desire of our own heart. But when it is of God, you can "bank" on it happening. You just don't always have the luxury of knowing when it might be.
Don't get discouraged by time- God isn't on our calendar or clock. His time is related to hearts, the condition of people's hearts and He looks at it when He moves on our behalf. All most all scriptures wherein is written 'it came to pass at the time' or 'it came to pass when the time was come' or 'it came to pass in process of time' you will notice there is connected with it conditions of peoples hearts. If you are asking for anything and your heart is set right than it is NOW. But, if it involves others or others are affected by it, it will come at its perfect time. Either now or latter but you can be sure if you ask by His will it will surely come at its best time, His time.
[ Prayer for the Day ]
Lord, change my heart. Make it humble and pure so that I can receive your blessings immediately. I know You give me when it is best for me, when I am ready to receive it. You wait to give me for You love me and do want to loose me. More than all the things I ask I want You. Be with me do not forsake me. I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
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