The Vision, Part 2

For The Vision Is Yet For An Appointed Time

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time.”

Consider the wisdom of Solomon.  He understood, by the Holy Spirit, that there was a time and season for every purpose of God.

Ecclesiastes 3
1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 … A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 … A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

God’s time is not always our time.  Consider the following men of God who waited on their calling:

  • Abraham:  Father of many nations
  • Jacob: Israel
  • Joseph: Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Moses: Deliverer of Egypt
  • David: King

It’s imperative to be where God wants you to be at the right time.  There are lessons that He teaches us along the way to prepare us for the “appointed time.”

Consider these great words from the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah:

Isaiah 46:10
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God calls the end from the beginning in order to give us an expected end.  Though there may be things we don’t understand along the way, God is in control.  We see through a glass darkly in this present time (1 Corinthians 13:12), but God is working all things together for good (Romans 8:28).

Be sure to take advantage of the time at His feet that God permits you.  It’s entirely possible that you will never have the same opportunity again.  When I was first saved and called to ministry, God called me to an extended period of training in the school of the Holy Spirit.  For 4 years, I spent a minimum of 5 hours a day studying the Word of God and another 3+ hours in prayer.  Every day.  I also fasted for at least 10 days every month – many times going on extended fasts of 10-14 days.  In those times, God revealed Himself to me in a way that wouldn’t have been possible any other way.  He gave me an open heaven.  At the end of those 4 years, God sent me to Bible College at Lester Sumrall’s ministry.  I eventually earned my Master’s degree in Theology, but myt real education came at the feet of Jesus.

If you find yourself in a holding pattern, choose to wait upon the Lord.  Spend time with God.  Allow Him to reveal His face to you.

But At The End It Will Speak, And It Will Not Lie

God told Habakkuk that at the end, or the fulfillment, it would speak, meaning that it would be understood why everything had to happen the way it did.

God gives us grace to get to the place and finish the race!

God chooses the tools and the methods that He uses to develop us for the vision that He has ordained for our lives.  Early in my calling with God, I wanted to plant a church in my hometown and I was meeting with frustration.  I sat alone in my prayer time with God and He spoke to me: “you have many things to suffer and endure, but I will tell you when the time is right.”  It was a tough pill to swallow, but God was faithful.  At the end, I understood why God did what He did.  It is so important to not get ahead of God.

Though It Tarries Wait For It

God knew that Habakkuk’s schedule and His schedule were not the same, and told him, “Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come.”  2 Peter 3:8 says, One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

God’s vision comes to pass in stages and seasons.  Jesus said, For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.

There are things that God spoke to me 25 years ago about my ministry that are still to be fulfilled – major things.  But God’s timing is perfect!

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