FOR THIS TIME
My time is not yet here; for you anytime will do. (John 7:6 NIV)
Jesus spoke about timing on many occasions. He spoke of His timing, the Father’s timing, and our timing. He never suggested that we wonder about the timing of things unless it is with great wonder at how wonderful He is. As we all know, we can trust God!
I was thinking about one statement of Jesus concerning His upcoming death. He made it clear that even though they did not understand, He understood perfectly that this was His ultimate purpose. A question that entered my mind was, “what if we lived as though each moment was another opportunity to reveal the glory of God?”
We live and move and have our being in Him, so we are free to live each day trusting God. Jesus said He always did what the Father wanted Him to do. He simply desired the Father’s will. We can do that can’t we? Of course we can. He promises to give us the desires of our heart. We are here at this time for His purpose. We can be ready at every opportunity to display the hope that is in us. We can be sure that God is able and we can be sure that we are willing.
Jesus was prepared to die for the Father, even die on the cross! Most of us will never have to face that, but we all will face dying to things, thoughts, or actions that separate us from Him.
We all get opportunities to bless those that curse us or make us angry or don’t see things the way we do! Yes, blessing those we disagree with is an opportunity that comes frequently nowadays! I have often said that I could be a successful Christian if I lived on a mountain and had no one to communicate with but God. That was before we had the communication that we do now. That was before my phone lit up with news and videos and well you know what I am talking about. We have a multitude of opportunities to see how easily God can work with us if it is our desire.
If you are alive, it is God’s perfect timing. If you know God, you have everything you need to accomplish His will. If you desire to do that, then you can be confident that you are. You can also be confident to know when you are not. If you are not, you have the power to turn and to change what is not right. You can get up in the morning and rejoice that it is a day that the Lord has made and that you are going to walk with God. Everything you do and everywhere you go, God is there to walk beside you and guide you.
I sang a solo in school titled “Somebody Bigger Than You and I”. I still remember the words. I have to tell you that they did not mean much to me then, but they sure do now. It speaks of the courage He gives us. With love to guide you, He walks beside you, just like He walks with me. Sounds pretty much like Jesus’ promise to us. More than likely He was talking to me then. I am thankful that He never gave up on me. I am sure you feel the same way.