Jun
6
2017

God’s timing or the enemy’s delay

I was speaking to a friend recently who had come into a new season in her life. By human standards, one would have said that she was entering this season late in her life. After all, we are all used to societal norms. There are norms on when to marry, have children, have that first job, build business or be in a certain stage of one’s career. It does not help in some societies where people over 50 are considered old, as if they haven’t got anything more to contribute to society.

But thank God, we live by another set of rules and standards, under a different kingdom. My friend said confidently, ‘I know this is God’s plan for this season of my life’. We know that God has His own sense of timing. “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. (2 Peter 3:8). His timing and ways are perfect and delays are sometimes God’s plan.

David waited 20 years for the promise that he would one day be the king of Israel to be fulfilled; Abraham waited 25 years for Sarah to have a baby and was 100 when she had a child but no one can deny this was God’s timing. The Israelites had been looking for the birth of the Messiah but He came at just the appropriate time (Galatians 4:4), though in the scriptures, this looks like it took a long time. So how do we distinguish between the two? It is relatively simple; it’s by the gift of discernment. Things should be spiritually discerned.

Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:3-5)

We are encouraged to cry out, lift our voice, seek and search for discernment. These are all active words implying that there is a responsibility on our side.

For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:10-16)

What this scripture teaches is that essentially we need to prophetically discern the times and seasons we are in and then move with the Holy Spirit. By staying prayerful, we will be able to distinguish between the work of God and the delay of the enemy. Discerning the timing of God means being sensitive to the things of the Spirit. We must be spiritually ‘fine-tuned’ to hear, see and discern, otherwise we can miss the timing of God.

God has made it easy for us to understand His timing. So if you are at a stage where you are not sure whether you are experiencing God’s time or the enemy’s delay, like Solomon ask God to give you a discerning heart so you are able to know.

Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. (1 Kings 311-12)

It pleases God when we ask for discernment. In Solomon’s case, because he asked for discernment, God gave Him other things. Can I ask you a question, have you ever consciously asked God for discernment? If not, can I ask that you start today.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insights from the scriptures, stay blessed

 

Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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