To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens – Ecclesiastes 3:1.
Time – Duration, period, season, in number. A non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession. Succession is the act of following in order.
Time is something we all could use more of. It seems as though it’s never enough time to complete the different task or goals we have set for ourselves. Time is also something people without a vision are not concerned about because they aren’t going to do anything.
Solomon referred to himself as the “Preacher”, meaning one who gathers or assembles. Solomon was gathering and assembling the people to hear and listen to the wise saying or proverbs God had placed in him. Solomon had everything a man could dream of, but although he had everything, he had tried everything, he speaks about the emptiness of all that this world has to offer.
Solomon stated to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. It’s a time to live and a time to die, there is a time for joy as well as a time for sorrow. There is a time we will decrease and a time of increase. There is a time we will encounter one of these seasons whether we want to or not. We all have an ordained time to meet up with our destiny. We can’t rush it nor can we miss it as some would say. Whatever God has ordained for our lives shall come to pass if we allow it and not detour from the Word of God.
There will be times in our lives that seem as though we’re surrounded with hopelessness, but rather than looking at the situation and circumstances grab hold of God’s Word and don’t let go (Let us hold fast the profession [confession] of our faith [hope] without wavering: for he is faithful that promised – Hebrews 10:23). The God we serve can’t lie, if God has spoken it, it shall come to pass. If a word has been spoken and it didn’t come to pass that’s an indication that God didn’t speak it. Someone or ourselves spoke from our emotions and wills. The Word of God instructs not to believe every spirit, but try the spirit whether it’s of God (Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God because many false prophets have gone out into the world – 1st John 4:1).
There are three spirits we will hear from, God, Satan and our spirit. We need to discern whose speaking and we can only do that by having a relationship with God, faithful in praying, fasting and reading God’s Word. Even then sometimes we will be deceived by our spirit and Satan when we desire to have something or someone. If we want our prayers to be answered they must be in line with God’s Word. The reason why some prayers haven’t been answered is because we are either praying prayers that is not in God’s will or it’s not the time for the prayer to be answered. No matter how we fast and pray, if it’s not in God’s timing, the prayer will not be answered.
We have to learn how to wait on God. No matter how long you have waited for your prayer to be answered continue to pray and thank God for answered prayers. Many times God will speak to us or He will speak through someone to let us know a portion of His plan for our life. If it takes too long for the word that was spoken to manifest we will begin to “help” God. Then once our assistance fell, we’re in a slump, wondering if God will fulfill His Word. Let’s stop trying to help God, and learn to wait on God, and our waiting, stand fast in our faith.
God promised Abraham a child but because the promise was delayed or denied according to the faith of Abraham and Sarah they begin to give God some help. In there helping, two things occurred. First, Abraham should have told his wife they were going to wait on the promise of God and refused to have a relationship with someone other than his wife although it was their custom during that time, it was not one of God’s ordinance. Customs and traditions come from man, not God. Secondly, it brought division, discord, strife contention and hurt between Sarah and her handmaid, Hagar.
When God first gave the promise to Abraham he was seventy-five years old, the promise didn’t manifest until Abraham was a ninety-nine years old. He was a hundred years old when Isaac was born. The promise didn’t come to pass in the life of Abraham for twenty-five years, but it came! As Christians, we’re continually going through different seasons. Time of happiness, joy and peace. Then there are times go from valley to valley. There are times our prayer life isn’t what it should be, we’re not practicing sin, but we’re not where we should be in the Lord.
Don’t faint, keep trying to get back what you have lost and eventually you will be restored. That is why the Bible have instructed the believer to fight the good fight of faith. When we finds ourselves slothful in an area, we have to fight to get it back. We can’t lose hope, we can’t stop fighting. If you can only pray for five or ten minutes, then pray for those five or ten minutes until you can be restored to the time you usually pray. If you lost your fasting, start for an hour until your can build yourself for a day or two. Timing when we can do spiritual sacrifices and times when we allow our flesh to dominate rather than our spirit.
Whatever you have before God and it’s according to God’s will and purpose for your life, maintain your faith, sooner or later the day of promise will arrive. God is not like man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He has to repent. What He has spoken that shall He do! Know that your time is coming, God promised no thing would He withhold from them that walk uprightly before Him.