Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"On Fire": (VIDEO) Are You Trying to Rush GOD'S TIMING?

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"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. "---Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV)

"He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”---Acts 1:7-8(Message)


OK so...

At the end of this post, I'll share a video that I checked out this morning from a spoken word artist that some of you might be familiar with. The entire message is about him being a single man who's getting ready to go to a wedding while helping people deal with wondering when their time will come *and* understanding that marriage is not ultimately for or even about them. It's about bringing glory to God. And since it's about him, *he knows what's best*. All the way around. Selah and amen!

That said...

I really like how he paralleled Christ performing his *first* miracle at a wedding (John 2), initially being asked to turn water into wine and his first response being that (catch it) *it wasn't his time*. Clearly his mom had some influence over and a lot of faith in him because he performed the miracle anyway.

However, the gist of the message is that when it comes to having the desire to get married and not having it (yet) happen, to many of us, God is also saying "It's not yet your time."

Catch it...
It's not that it won't happen...
It's that it's not the right/best time. YET.

That got me to thinking about something that a pastor by the name of Bishop Joseph Walker once preached about here in Nashville: "It's your time, it's just not your turn." Yeah, that's another way to look at it. However, here's the thing I really want you to consider. And then pray about.

Proverbs 16:3(NKJV) states "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established." This is not a suggestion; it is a biblical instruction. Before *any of us* can enter into a marital covenant (Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 19:1-12, I Corinthians 7:10-11) with another human being, we first must *commit ourselves to the Lord*. The choices and decisions that you make today will  play a direct role in the outcome up the road. We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8) and one of my favorite heads up Scriptures is something that was once said to Jerusalem...*as a consequence and a warning*: "Her uncleanness is in her skirts; she did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome; she had no comforter." (Lamentations 1:9--NKJV)

Our destiny is what God already has planned for our life...
YET those things don't *just happen*...
We need to HONOR HIS WILL and HIS DIRECTIVES.

This *wholeheartedly includes* trusting his timing...

When it comes to timing, a word that I really like is "kairos":

The word kairos was an ancient Greek word meaning “opportunity,” “season,” or “fitting time.” Another Greek word for “time” was chronos. A sequence of moments was expressed as chronos, emphasizing the duration of the time; an appointed time was expressed as kairos, with no regard for the length of the time. Thus, chronos was more linear and quantitative, and kairos was more nonlinear and qualitative...

The Bible warns that we should take full advantage of the opportunities God gives us.  

Although I know what some women reading this struggle with whether or not they'll be married...
I know that *far more* take issue with WHEN it will happen.

My mother used to always say "The right thing at the wrong time *is* the wrong thing." So true, so true! Remember what God said when it was *time* for Adam to be joined to his Woman was this: "Now the Lord God said, 'It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him'." (Genesis 2:18--AMPC) And what is kairos time? It's not just about seizing opportunities; it's also about being in the right season and the fitting time. (Fruit picked before it's ripe is still fruit...it's not as good, though, right?)

At the fitting time and in the right season...
A suitable, adapted and complementary woman is brought to a man...
By God himself.

The *kind* of wife a man has...
Comes at the *kairos* time.

This means that not only should we be praying about whether or not marriage is God's will for us *and* if we're mature enough for marriage (Matthew 19:11-12--Message), we also need to ask him to make peace with *his timing* and trust that by *committing to him*, he is leading and guiding us, *through the power of the Holy Spirit*, to the right man and the right time!

Kairos...
Hopefully, that is a word that will bring some comfort to some of you.

Get out of YOUR TIMING of things...
Settle into KAIROS.

Then watch how much calmer you become (Proverbs 17:27)...
How much you'll be willing to obey God's every command!



That's some good stuff right there!

His Purpose, His Presence, His Peace...

SRW

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