John 7:6 Waiting For The Right Time

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

Impatience is something that a lot of people have while they have to wait for something. Nearly everyone wants something and they want it right away. It cannot get there fast enough.

The wisdom of man thinks that now is the time for things to happen. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and timing of everything, all one does is look at immediate, personal desires or the situation in the moment. Things often get rushed and end up leading to disaster.

Due to leaders wanting to kill Jesus, the disciples urged Jesus to leave the area of Galilee. Jesus said He could not go, because His time had not come to leave.

Waiting is difficult and even more difficult when there is a high possibility of danger involved. Unless someone is a procrastinator, most do not like to wait. People like to keep moving and keep the action going forward. Things cannot occur fast enough.

God works on a larger time table of eternity. Although man is finite here on this earth, God is looking at the larger picture of eternity.

He is willing to wait for the perfect time for an event to occur, regardless of how long it may take. And in reality, even if it takes a thousand years, it is just a slight moment in light of eternity.

It is common among believers to have the same mindset as the world does–needing things or to move right now.

Instead of jumping ahead of God, a believer must be willing to wait on His timing. Being patient and waiting will allow for the perfect time to come and things to work out better than could ever have been expected.

There is probably something that you are waiting on God for and desire it right now. Instead of fretting and fearing it will be too late, put your trust in His timing.

God has a reason for causing you to wait. He is waiting for the perfect timing of everything to be set up right to meet that need, move you forward or to stop something.

Realize that God is working on an eternity timetable, not the temporary one of this earth. While you are waiting, God will not allow anything to occur to you that is not in His plan for your good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will wait for God’s direction to move; that you will not fear what man can do, but trust God’s protection; and that God will reveal His plans for you in the right time.

John 7:6 Only At The Right Time

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Therefor Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

The Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was occurring in Judea. The disciples wanted Jesus to go to the festival in order to do miracles and present Himself to the world. Jesus did not want to go at the time, because He said it was not the right time to do that…yet.

Timing is very important. Yet, many people ignore timing of things in their lives.

When farmers plant their crops, they must do it at the right time. If they plant to early, the plants will not begin to grow. If they plant to late, the plants will not be able to grow enough. Many people try to grow a garden and do not keep in mind the timing of when to plant or when to harvest the food.

Businesses must be aware of the right timing to sell certain items. Selling notebooks and pencils must be done at the right time. If a store sets the out to be sold in June, they will not sell many, because people are not in the mindset to purchase those items. School is over and it is the wrong time. They look to buy those items in late summer, getting ready for school again.

God has a timetable of when things should occur. Because He knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth, He knows the best time for everything to happen. The disciples may never have understood why Jesus did not go right away to the festival, but Jesus did. He was following what His Father wanted Him to do and in His Father’s timing, not His own.

There will come times when you will ask God to do something for you, a healing, provision, or some other provision in your life. God may hold off for a time, because it is not the right time or He may do it right away. It is to be done at the right time.

Or God may put it in your heart that someday you may do something specific, but not right away. He wants you to wait for the right time to start. God will guide you when the time is right to begin, if you allow Him to do so.

Wait on God’s perfect timing for everything. Trust His timing.

I pray today that you will trust God’s guidance in your life; that God will show you His time for everything in your life; that you will only move in God’s timetable; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

 

 

Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Haman had talked the king into making it a rule allowing for the people to kill and destroy all the Israelites in the land. Mordecai asks Esther to go before the king to get him to stop the ruling. She does not want to go, because there was a rule that if the king did not summon her, she was not allowed to go to him. Mordecai tells her that if she remains silent she will die, and that it is possible that it is for this very reason that she was raised to the high position of queen.

When a person of the world gets moved into a high position, it is usually looked at as a personal gain for personal purposes. People take pride in their high position and see it as a benefit for themselves. That position is usually used to make the person look better, get better privileges, more money, more position and other selfish reasons. It is rarely looked at as the ability to help others better.

Jesus had come into the world to serve the people. He wanted to meet their greatest need, even though He was lifted up to the highest position possible.

As a believer, you are also lifted to a high position. You are now a child of God. You are a co-heir with Jesus. This is a high position, next to the king.

With this position, you have the purpose of bringing a message to the world. In the bringing of that message, you may get killed, as Jesus did, but it is still important.

In this life, every position you hold, every place you go, you have a purpose. That purpose is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You are to snatch them from the fire.

You are in the right place, at the right time to bring that message to whomever you are around. You are the one who can do what no one else can do. You are there for a purpose.

Will you ignore that purpose and allow others to die?

Or will you meet that purpose?

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that God will reveal to you who you need to help; that you will see opportunities where you are to speak God’s word to the world; and that you will build God’s kingdom.

1 Samuel 13:13 Foolish Actions

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.” 1 Samuel 13:13

The Philistines were getting ready to fight the Israelites. They were beginning to surround the Israelites, bringing fear into their hearts. Saul called on Samuel to do a sacrifice to get God’s favor in defeating the Philistines. He was told Samuel would come in seven days. When the seventh day came and Samuel was not there, Saul chose to offer the sacrifice himself.

As Saul finished the sacrifice, Samuel came up. Samuel was angry because Saul had not kept God’s command. He called it a foolish thing. Saul was told that because of this his kingdom would not last and it would be given to another person who obeyed God.

God’s timing and ways are above any person’s timing or ways. Most people get impatient with God’s timing to get something done. After waiting a time, people usually end up trying to do it themselves, instead of waiting for God. Doing this is a foolish action that will cause problems. It is actually disobeying God’s commands.

In your life, God may be calling you to do something at a specific time or in a specific way, or to wait on Him for it to be done. You must be willing to do it in that prescribed time and way. Looking at life, it may seem that God will be late and that all will fail if you do not do something, but you must be willing to follow God’s directions. To do anything less, is to sin against God.

God wants you to have a heart after His. One that will obey no matter what the circumstance or timing. When you do obey Him fully, He can establish you at greater levels than if you do things on your own.

What are your actions telling God about you?

Are they wise actions, following God?

Or are they foolish actions, doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know what God wants from you; that you will fully obey God in every area of your life; that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will trust God’s faithfulness; and that you will not do anything foolish.

John 7:6 The Right Time

“Therefore Jesus told them, My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

Jesus had been in Galilee and the festival in Judea was about to start. His brothers told Him that He should go in order to become more well-known. Jesus then told them that this was not the right time to go to that festival. Later Jesus does go to the festival, only in private, not public.

Timing is a very important thing that many do not fully understand. Yet, timing is used in nearly everything. Some things it is extremely important, while in other things not so important.

When someone is cooking a fancy dessert, timing can be very important. This can extend all the way down to a matter of a few seconds too long or short in cooking something can wreck the dessert. Some desserts are extremely delicate in this matter.

When a person is playing football, timing is important. Throwing the ball too soon, or a second too late will result in a fumble or an interception.

While those have extreme timing importance, when a person leaves for work is not so close of a timing measure. Leaving for work can be a ten minute window. A person can get to work a few minutes early or just on time, the timing in the leaving will determine how soon he will get there.

God’s timing is perfect. He is looking at the big picture and knows just when everything should occur. Waiting for God to do something can be frustrating in your short mind-set. You see only the here and now. It often looks like God will be late.

Be willing to trust in God’s timing. Wait for Him to make the move. Wait for God to tell you to move forward. He is waiting for the perfect time. That time will be when everything is in its place.

If you start too soon, maybe the person you talk to is not ready. If you start too late, maybe that person you talk to already gave up. God knows the perfect time. Are you waiting for His time?

I pray today that you will know God’s desires; that you will have the patience to wait for God’s desire; that you will act upon God’s timing; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.