His Timing

day

It’s almost nine, and I’ve been awake for about five hours now. I feel a bit unproductive with that time which is weird.

I didn’t follow the schedule well, but I shook it up a bit. I was pretty productive. I am frightened to begin calling people and asking for sales.

I also feel at a loss with the prayer guide. Actually, I’m scared that I will be at a loss, but in both cases, I need to lean entirely on God and don’t care about the outcome but enjoy the journey.

I know what I need to do now. I need to worship. Praise God. God is good. Today is a beautiful day, and we will have fun this week.

Bird landing on a persons hand
eternity

starts now

Happy Monday! If you don’t love what you do, you’re not in the presence of God, entrusting your ways to Him.

He will guide your path, and in His presence is fullness of joy. At His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. -Psalm 16:11

Forever doesn’t have to start in eternity; it can start right here and now. 

There is no end to the depth of adventure, joy, and pleasure with our Lord.

I have heard it said we are living in eternity right now. Everlasting life isn’t living forever; it’s being with God, our Redeemer.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.-John 17:3.

take time

 I am delighted with how the scripture cards came out this morning after revamping them. They look beautiful! My originals look like trash beside them, which also took much longer to make.

God was talking to my heart last night about letting things take time. I was reading Andrew’s book How to find, follow, fulfill God’s Will.

I originally was prideful and thought I knew God’s will for my life and didn’t need to read that, but God told me to read it, so I obeyed, and boy am I glad I did. ⭐️

messed up

 I may know a part of what God has for me to do, but I was being an idiot and trying to jump in and do it without any direction.

Now I know why God doesn’t tell everyone what He wants them to do right away. We can mess it up big time.

I had the logic, as many people do that I need to start asap to save every single life I can, but that’s not how it works.

prime

example

God’s ways are higher than our ways. In Wommack’s book, chapter 7, Timing & Preparation, Andrew shares how Moses is a prime example of why learning to cooperate with God is critical in following His leading. On page 115, he has Acts 7:24-25 – And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. 

Girl sitting on mountain edge

Andrew goes on to explain that this verse makes it crystal clear that Moses knew God had called him. He knew God had raised him up and put him in a position of leadership so he could bring deliverance to the Jews.

Moses knew God’s will for his life but thought that it was going to happen by killing an Egyptian. Moses thought the Jews would recognize how God had anointed him to rescue them and deliver them through his position in Pharaoh’s household. We don’t know how long Moses had known God’s will for his life, but he knew it. 

blew it

 Even though Moses knew God would use him to deliver the Jews, he missed God’s timing and plan for bringing it to pass.

This is a critical piece of information for us. Finding out God’s will for our life is imperative.

But, if all we have is knowledge of God’s will and aren’t sensitive enough to be led by the Holy Spirit, we can blow the whole deal.

Moses blew it big time, and his mistake cost him 40 years in the wilderness.

Hourglass sitting on ground
thirty years

 It also cost the Jews 30 years of extra bondage, which God never intended.

We know this because when God promised Abraham, He prophesied that the children of Israel would be sojourners in a foreign land for 400 years (Genesis 15:13)-not 400 years of slavery in Egypt- but a total of 400 years from the time God made the promise.

The Israelites were always strangers in the land because they didn’t own the land they lived on.

The Apostle Paul wrote that the law came 430 years after the promise (Galatians 3:17).

The day Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt was the end of the 430 years (Exodus 12:40).

These calculations don’t make you want to jump up, shout, and get excited, but they are necessary.

It was precisely 430 years from the time of God’s prophecy to Abraham, until the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt-yet God prophesied that it would be 400 years, leaving a 30-year discrepancy.

We know that Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness after killing the Egyptian before he encountered God in the burning bush (Acts 7:30).

So if you subtract the 40 years in the wilderness from the 430 years that it took for them to come out of the land of Egypt, they were only in the 390th year of the prophecy when Moses went out and killed the Egyptian and tried to bring God’s will to pass. 

glowing clock in the dark
his timing

Moses was ten years premature in bringing about what God had put in his heart. God’s will for your life involves His timing.

You can’t just take a word from God, make a paragraph out of it, and do whatever you want. You can’t speed up God’s plan.

You can delay God’s plan-Moses delayed it 40 years-but; you can’t make it happen any quicker than it’s supposed to…

God wasn’t going to deliver Israel in some way that would allow Moses to get all of the credit. It wasn’t going to be Moses’ position within the household of Pharaoh that gave Israel freedom.

God would do it miraculously so there would be no mistaking Who saved them.

Girl studying on bed
let god

prepare you

Preparation Time is never wasted time. Many people in the body of Christ take the same approach to God’s will as Moses did (including yours truly). They may have stumbled upon God’s will, but after knowing what God wants them to do, they think, “Okay, God, I can handle it from here. You get me introduced, and I’ll do the rest. 

(We aren’t as blunt as that, but that’s the attitude behind it when we rush into our calling without waiting for guidance or trusting His grace.)… God touched them, but now they are trying to build God’s kingdom in their own ability using their own wisdom. This is causing tremendous problems in the body of Christ. 

Beyond you

God will call you to do something beyond yourself so that you will rely on His power. Then when people see God’s power, they will give Him the glory…

Today, we are just as eager to get things done instead of waiting around as when Moses jumped the gun.

We use reasoning to justify our impatience-in violation of Scripture-because it’s convenient… Moses could have used similar logic.

Maybe he observed all of the Jews dying under the harsh conditions in Egypt-say it was 100,000 people a year.-and; he thought, “God, I know it’s still ten years before the prophecy will come to pass, but if I don’t do something now, one million people are going to die before You deliver them from Egypt.”

It’s the same logic we use when we let our needs and circumstances motivate us to do things contrary to God’s instructions.

girl looking up
flawed logic

The problem with this logic is that Moses’ impatience delayed the Israelites’ deliverance by 30 years, which means that three million people died unnecessarily.

God would have brought them out from slavery 30 years earlier if Moses had followed His timing.

This is exactly how we think today.

For instance, someone discovers that God has called them to be an evangelist, but they think, “I can’t wait; people are dying and going to Hell. I can’t take time to go to Bible school or get prepared. I have to get out and start reaching people right now.”

He isn’t considering how many people might be turned off from the Lord because he got out there in his strength and made a mess of things.

We can’t count how many people will be turned away from God if we crash and become a negative statistic. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about accomplishing God’s will.

girl at window reading
Read the book!

I encourage reading Andrew’s entire book “how to Find, Follow, Fulfill God’s will”.. If you keep a humble mindset and an open heart to what God wants to say, every chapter will change your life. 

I am free

I feel free with this revelation. For the first time in my life, I feel like I can live and enjoy life.

I don’t have to constantly run trying to fulfill God’s will, reaching everyone right now.

I can stay in peace abiding in Him. I wrote down all the things I’ve wanted to do in life, like learn how to ride a horse, speak Spanish, play piano, and sew. Now I can look at that list and feel like I can do those things instead of feeling like there is no time.

I don’t have to feel panicked that I don’t know how to minister Jesus to strangers or that I don’t understand taxes because I’m not running at a thousand miles an hour, and I’m not trying to run at a thousand miles an hour.

I’m enjoying the journey of saying yes to what God wants to do and trusting Him with the results.

Proverbs 3

  1. My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
  2. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
  3. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
  4. So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
  5. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
  6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.