ALL IN GOD’S TIME

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We have heard it said before, ‘all in good time’. This phrase is often used to comfort the grieved and give solace to the suffering. Indeed, Cambridge Dictionaries defines the phrase ‘all in good time’ as an idiom used to tell someone to be patient because the thing they are eager for will happen when the time is right.

So beloved, when is the ‘good’ time? When is the ‘right’ time when what we are eager for will happen?

To understand this, we must first understand what is ‘good’. The world defines ‘good’ in many ways. But for us who believe, life is much simpler.

“So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” Mark 10:18

For us who believe, the ‘good’ time refers to God’s time. But let us not base it just on one verse. Let us look at the ‘times’ that our Father has referred to.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

Our Father has plans to prosper us. And when that happens, would you not call that a good time?

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

Jesus will one day come and receive us to Himself. And when that happens, would you not call that a good time?

But let us not merely look at the ephemeral but look at something tangible.

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds; the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations and not borrow.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-13

Our Father has promised us favor wherever we go, in whatever we do, for whatever enterprise we set our hands to. And when that happens, I am sure that that will be a jolly good time. But when will that time come? And what are the commands of the Lord which we must be careful to observe?

To Moses, our Father gave the Ten Commandments which literally spelt the letter of the God’s law for the people because they said,

“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8

“All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Exodus 19:8[GW]

They relied on their own strength to please the Lord and gain success, which we all know is finite and limited. And our Father was using The Law to demonstrate why human effort is futile and why He does not like it when we try it on our own, just as He said,

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.” Jeremiah 17:5-6

Instead, He would rather we be like this,

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

So from here we see that the right time starts when we turn over control of everything we are struggling with in our lives, to Jesus, to our Father and let Them work what is pleasing to Them in our lives. For Jesus tells us,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

“for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

Notice how it is God who not only wills the blessings into our lives, but also makes it happen? So why then are we trying to do it all on our own?

And for us who believe, we can be confident that even when our blessings have not yet come, it is not because our Father delays for no good reason. No, just as the coming of Christ had to happen at an appointed time, so too will your blessings come to you just when the time is right, just as the apostle Paul tells us,

“Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:1-5

We may still be yet immature, not ready to steward well the blessings which have been planned for us, so our Father puts us under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit so that we can be taught and made ready for that time.

Yet, our Father gives us signs to tell us when the time is right, just as Jesus taught us from the fig tree.

“From the fig tree learn this lesson: as soon as its young shoots become soft and tender and it puts out its leaves, you know of a surety that summer is near.
So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors.” Matthew 24:32-33 [AMPC]

Beloved, look into your life and see if there may be any areas in which leaves are starting to grow. Do you see any young shoots? If you do then the summer of your blessing is near, for Jesus is always near you, with you and at the door of your heart, for He says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

So beloved,

“Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

All that your heart desires will be accomplished once you place them in the hands of our Father. And even though,

“But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 [AMPC]

We can be confident because Jesus has promised,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

So let us therefore not say,

““Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”” James 4:13-15

Therefore, let us commit all our endeavors to Jesus, and to our Father knowing that They will will and do all things in our lives to give us a hope and a future, for that is what is pleasing to our Father.

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