Have you been watching the clock ticking by and the days of the calendar fly by to a week to months to years? Have you been believing in God, that you heard Him clearly regarding some visions or heard His voice regarding promises – whether in terms of ministry or your personal life or even other people? Have they been a long time coming that you start to doubt or wonder whether it was your flesh or indeed Him? Have you shared your dreams with loved ones only to be mocked? Well, remember Joseph was mocked too – not just mocked but kicked out and sold off… They couldn’t stop the dream God from taking place. Not only that, they had to eat humble pie and actually be the benefactors – how the tables turned!
Sometimes there are delays in seeing something happening. Sometimes of course there is disobedience by those concerned that God has ordained and brought together for His purpose. Then of course, He will give a chance for the one who has fallen away or whose heart has been hardened by sin or flesh to return to the right course… And God can turn the pathways around so those people who have put on their running shoes on have to realise the errors of their ways and yield to His will – yes, just like Jonah Then of course there are those whose hearts have become like stone and be stubborn like King Saul. Their refusal to yield will see them where they belong eventually while God will replace them with others who can step up to the plate.
There are times that the enemy will send his angels to masquerade as angels of light to deceive us and pull us away from the perfect plan making his plans seem as if it is God’s will or he sends the Jezebel spirit to entice away from surrendering to God’s ways. Hence there are times we have been ‘deceived’ thinking it is from God when it is of the enemy… bringing the fake and the insincere.
Yet at other times the dreams, the visions, the promises could also not be literally given but rather symbolic for something. For example a warning for someone else! Or it could have been given as a ‘fore running’ role to prepare the way of what is to come – like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and like David began to get the materials required for Solomon to build the temple, the temple that God had burdened David with! David wasn’t called to actually build it!
Then of course there is God’s T-I-M-E!! The hardest part for us humans beings living in an instant ‘do it now’ world.
17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct[a] in the wilderness; 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. – Acts 13:17-29
32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus – vs 32
Look at that!! 40 years in the wilderness, 7 nations over thrown, 450 years of exodus.. but it was their children not the ancestors that received the fulfillment at the end. In fact the ancestors except Caleb and Joshua didn’t even ENTER the promised land!
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay – Habakkuk 2:3
It may not be the way we interpreted it to be or expected it to be or at a particular time we thought it would take place.. yet what He says will be brought to pass in His time, in His way and in accordance to His will.
Be joyful in all circumstances and focus on what God would have you to do and let what He wants for you to unfold in His way, His time 🙂