“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:”
In Your time, in Your time,
You make all thing beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring,
May each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.
A fundamental principle anyone who serves the Lord must know and understand is for everything there is God’s time. It is only when we reconcile the head knowledge of In His Time and experiencing the perfect peace of being In His Time, that we are found in the centre of His will.
For everyone in the Lord’s Royal service, there is to be an understanding that the Lord leads sometimes through the fire, flood and storm but always through the blood of Jesus and in His Name. There is no short-cut for He brings us through step by step and as some say line by line and precept by precept. He calls and equips us for His service in His everlasting love.
That interval of time is a process when we have to exercise what we have learnt
- Grow from being a new-born baby in Christ sustained by milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) , till we are weaned to feast on the meat of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14) and to study the Word of God like a workman, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Take baby steps to learn to stand (Romans 14:4, I Corinthians 16: 13 ) fast in the faith with God’s help, walk humbly (Micah 6:8), with integrity(Proverbs 19:1) and uprightly (Proverbs 10:9) and run and not be weary (Isaiah 40:31) in His service
- Put on the armour of God and be equipped with the Sword of the Spirit (Philippians 6:10-18)
- Let Him be Lord of our lives, listen for His voice, and to follow the voice of our Shepherd only (John 10:4,5) and not of strangers
- Learning how to follow the Leader means
- To wait when He says wait, quietly in hope (Lamentations 3:26) no matter how much our flesh wants to move forward (Isaiah 40:31) and find renewal in Him
- Allowing the fruit of the Spirit to develop in us faith, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22)
- Bearing fruit and moving in tandem with His move (John 15:26) and praying
- Learn how to follow our Leader, submitting to God (James 4:7), allowing the Holy Spirit so that when the enemy comes in like a flood we allow the Holy Spirit to raise the standard of the Word against the enemy, rather than relying on ourself (Isaiah 59:19)
- Give thanks in all circumstances (Ephesians 5:20)
- Give praise to glorify His name to ensure we are in His presence especially when we need Him. (Psalm 34:1) and boast only in the Lord. (Psalm 34:2).
Each servant of God must learn to discern between our own emotions and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and patiently learn the Lord’s pattern for growth – no spiritual monster or stunted child of God can be successful in serving the Lord. We must grow according to His plan. Faithfulness, diligence and obedience is the Lord’s pattern for receiving help from the Lord. Sometimes there are miracles even according to our faith and if we do not have faith, that is when we fall according to our expectations. Faith leads to obedience which yields wisdom and an even greater desire for added light and truth.
As in 1 Corinthians 8:11-12 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was readiness to will, so there may be performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
Psalms 37: 23-26 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young and am now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth and his seed is blessed.
God’s desire is to walk with us and protect His own from danger, from the enemy, with communion and fellowship. When you are walking according to the will of God, He will direct your path and give you direction and confidence as He knows the way, and the end from the beginning. In the Lord is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4), His everlasting arms are there for you should you fall (Deuteronomy 33:27), and will destroy the enemy if you allow Him to.
When waiting on the Lord be sure our assumptions do not lead to erroneous expectations of knowing God’s will. Let us not assume we will receive an answer or a prompting to our earnest prayers and pleadings immediately and all at once, while often it may be in many small answers over a period of time. Recognizing and understanding this pattern is an important key to obtaining inspiration and help from the Holy Spirit. He can do miracles but these are the exceptions rather than the rule.
Let us not be easily discouraged if our personal experiences fall short of our expectations – when we receive a series of seemingly small and incremental spiritual impressions and nudges, which in totality constitute the desired confirmation about the correctness of the path which we are pursuing. It is as we mature spiritually, that we begin to develop sound judgment, a refined and educated conscience, and a heart and mind filled with wisdom.
Life with the Lord will be a repetitive process of seeking, asking, learning, discerning and obeying.
The process of discerning between our will and God’s will, becomes more congruent as time goes by as
- we strive to rid ourselves of worldliness
- cultivate the spirit of revelation in our lives
- the Holy Spirit expands our intellect, forming our feelings, sharpening and elevating our perspective
- we increasingly think, feel and act as the Lord would under similar circumstances.
In short, we achieve steady progress in obtaining “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Obedience to God’s commandments, our personal integrity and adherence to commitment to purity must affect our standing for God. Evil influences such as filthy language, immodest clothing and appearance, and pornography willn affect our intimate relationship with God. We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We must be faithful to the Word of God and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes discouragements come and it seems the Lord may have left us. However, remember He will not leave you. He wants you to know He is there to pick you up when you need Him and to carry you through.
Praise the Lord that He inspired Scott Wesley Brown to write the following song to remind you
He will carry you through
There is no problem too big
God cannot solve
There is no mountain too tall
He cannot move
There is not storm too dark
God cannot calm
There is no sorrow too deep
He cannot soothe
If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
I know, my brother that He will carry you
If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
I know, my sister that He will carry you
He said come on to me all who are weary
And I will give you rest
Let us look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; and for the joy that is set before us, endure our cross, despise the shame, and work till we see His face, as the night cometh when no man can work.
Through and with Him – Yes, we can! In His Time.
- The Holy Spirit’s Help in Prayer – Part 1 (momblognetwork.com)
- Do We Believe in the Spirit? by John Frye (beliefnet.com)
- Don’t Quench the Spirit (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)