My most favourite ‘special’ meals would be a succulent lamb chop preferably served with mint sauce. I suppose the Kiwi in me is talking – but here in Sri Lanka that would cost quite a bit so it’s a rarity for me. However, just imagine my parents knowing that I like lamb chops and trying to feed me that as an infant! Of course that sounds absolutely absurd…
I wrote this obviously “foolish’ physical example because we actually can be so foolish in a spiritual context! I’m sure all of us – if honest with ourselves – have been prone to this at one time or the other – and some of us keep doing so to justify their fleshly desires.
We know or we believe God has given us a dream or a vision or a word.. so we go all out to try to make it happen and that NOW. It is thus fitted or squeezed into our life – our way. We can be a very greedy people – we want God but we also want to be a part of the world – so we make it a win-win situation.
Throughout the Bible we see prophecies – whether as a word, a dream or a vision – coming to fulfillment, some immediately but most at a latter date. Each prophecy has it’s appointed time and appointed way of fulfillment for an appointed purpose.
For God who created Adam with His breath in an instant, would it have been difficult to give Abraham and Sarah a child instantly? Yet, He made them wait for 25 years. It’s already been over 2,000 years since Jesus ascended into heaven.and we are still waiting on His second coming. No one – except the Father – knows the day or the hour and Jesus will be coming suddenly – just like a thief would come suddenly. If God were to announce the time of when Jesus was to come again, all would live their life to the fullest indulging the flesh and be ‘ready’ for Him just at that moment. What purpose would that serve?
David was anointed to be king when he was merely yet a boy. After the anointing, he was taken to the very palace where he would be king but in a position far from it. He even had to run away from the palace to escape from Saul… Many years went by before David finally became king.
Imagine if David pushed himself forward – having well known that he had the king’s anointing – and exercised his right to become king then and there?! Well, he perhaps could have gotten away with it, but God’s purpose in the waiting for him and for others as well as for God’s name to be glorified would have been lost through such an act. Well, reflecting on that, what eventually happened to the kingship of Saul – and why?
Just because someone has a right to enjoy succulent lamb chops, doesn’t mean they can digest it when they are yet an infant! Well, in the unlikely event that the baby does make an attempt to do so, it would have negative repercussions – even to the point of death. Adam and Eve took the fruit that they were forbidden to eat and ended up facing spiritual death. Even “good” things (what we in our limited human wisdom perceive to be “good”) at the wrong time can cause “death”.
“For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die;
but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” – Romans 8:13-14
Living according to the sinful nature = “death”. It’s important to note here that for us to live, the misdeeds of the body must be put to death. How can that be done? Is it due to our own efforts? No, this verse makes it clear it’s by the Spirit!
We are often in a haste to receive the ‘blessings’, to see the ‘fulfillment’ of the prophecies to the extent of even justifying our life according to the sinful nature, yet we often procrastinate to respond to God’s call and to surrender our ALL to Him.
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD – Jeremiah 8:7
Often we think that we have salvation if we ‘believe’ in Jesus Christ – and that this gift of salvation cannot be lost. John 1:12 tells us,
Yet to all who received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in His name,
He gave the right to become children of God
Receiving Jesus and believing in His Name gives us the RIGHT to become God’s children… Having a right to do something doesn’t automatically mean we already have it.. it means we need to take a step to claim that right and exercise it.
Romans 8:14 (mentioned above) makes it clear that we ARE children of God IF we are led by the Spirit. When we are indeed led by the Spirit, we would automatically wait for His appointed time for the fulfillment of each and every prophecy that He has given us whether through visions or dreams or a rhema word or whichever way God chooses to speak to us!
When we are led by His Spirit, we trust that what He has promised He will bring to pass and we surrender to His Wisdom – for God to intervene in His way and in His time in accordance to His will. We will be able to humble ourselves and not rush ahead but let go of pride as we know for sure that God knows best, that His ways are higher than ours..
His promise will be fulfilled in His time – if we yield and surrender to His purpose.. and it would be such that we KNOW for sure that it has been fulfilled.
And He knows the time when the succulent lamb chops will not be good for us.. and He knows the time when it would be too 😉