Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.” There is nothing better than being in the right place at the right time. The sense of Gods’ Divine direction and appointment for our life is one of the greatest things we experience as Christians. It’s an assurance that we are in God’s Will. However, there is nothing quite as frustrating as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What is God’s timing? In Matthew 8:14-17, the Bible tells us, “And when Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the evening came, they brought unto Him many who were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word and healed all who were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the Prophet, saying, “Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.”
When we talk about God’s timing, there are certain aspects of Jesus’ accomplished work we must understand. For example, God didn’t ordain a certain time to heal you, because Jesus already took your sickness and diseases. Since healing already belongs to you, you don’t have to wait for a certain day to be healed. You don’t have to wait for a certain day to be saved either, because Jesus bore your sins 2000 years ago on the Cross at Calvary. Furthermore, there is no certain day set for you to die, so you can live until you are satisfied with life. In other words, “Live until you’ve had all of this life you want to have!”
In Psalm 91:14-16, the Lord is speaking to us as well as the Psalmist, He says, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known My Name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My Salvation.”
God has a plan—an ultimate purpose—for your life, no matter what your vocation is. The talents and abilities God has given you will enable you to accomplish that purpose. You don’t have to be called into the Full-Time Ministry in order to work effectively in the Kingdom of God. Simply do your job well and do it for the Glory of God.
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven.” There are seasons in your life to prepare you and equip you to do the job God has for you. What you’re doing now may only be a small step toward God’s ultimate Plan for you. It’s only when we get a “stuck-in-a-rut” mentality that we can miss what God wants to accomplish in this “rut.” What if a 7-year-old child who wants to become a doctor decides that school is a waste of time? They will never fulfill their dream. It’s vital to have patience during seasons of preparation because they are equipping you to fulfill God’s Plan for your life. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what job you may hold. You must see God’s seasons in your life as a progression of knowledge, maturity, and experience that will ultimately fulfill God’s Plan for you. But, if you rebel against it, it may slow down the timing fulfilling the dream of your heart.
God can overcome your mistakes. What if you have already missed God’s Plan and made some serious mistakes? God always has alternate routes for you! Look at the life of Moses. He was born in the right place at the right time. He was called to deliver the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. When he was an infant, Moses’ parents hid him in a basket on the river to preserve his life. After Pharaoh’s daughter found him, she called for a nurse. The nurse was none other than his very own mother! It was a Divine Appointment! Moses, his mother, and Pharaoh’s daughter were all in the right place at the right time. After Moses grew to maturity, God put a dream in his heart to deliver his brethren from the Egyptians, but Moses missed God’s timing.
Look at Exodus 2:11-15, “And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, “Why smite you your fellow?” And he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Intend you to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, “Surely this thing is known.” Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the Land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
When he saw an Egyptian cruelly mistreating a Hebrew slave, he killed the Egyptian. God intended for Moses to deliver the entire nation, but because Moses’ timing was off, he only “delivered” one Hebrew—himself. As a result of this mistake, Moses dwelled as a fugitive for 40 years on the backside of the desert. I think after 40 years in the desert, I would have been quite discouraged that I would never fulfill God’s Plan. But God moved supernaturally in Moses’ life and used him to ultimately lead the whole nation of Israel out of Egypt.
God can overcome our mistakes. It doesn’t matter how you have missed God or what sins you have committed. God’s Grace and Power are greater than your mistakes! Don’t try to fulfill your dreams in your timing! God’s Plan is often fulfilled one step at a time.
How can you know God’s timing? To know God’s timing, you must first know His Will for your life. If you’re born again and walking in fellowship with God, your desires and God’s desires should be the same. In Psalm 37:3-5, David tells us to, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so, shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the LORD; and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” If you will delight yourself in the Lord, He will put the desires into your heart! The next step is to commit yourself to God’s Plan for your life!
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works unto the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.” The Amplified Version says, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.” If you are committed to God, He will cause even your thoughts to become agreeable with His Will. That’s a sure way to succeed! When the time has come for a dream to be fulfilled, your level of expectation will begin to build. Deep in your spirit there will be a “knowing” a sensing, and a confidence that the time is drawing near. Even though circumstances may seem totally opposed to the fulfilment of your dream will rule in your heart. Walking in God’s Timing is so important. We must not jump ahead in disobedience. Joy in serving God comes as we find ourselves in the right place at the right time!
As always, I want to encourage you to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In the Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson