Today: God is always on time
Passage: Gen 50
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Gen 50, NIV 84) –emphasis added
When he went through various struggles in life, Joseph would have faced the same temptation that many people face in life: “to become “somebody” some way, without waiting for God’s time and God’s way!”
David also would have faced the same – to look for other options, than waiting for God to do it. This is where the devil gets the majority of Christian leaders
We can see a classic example of this in the Bible. When Saul became the King of Israel, he had an eye on the other offices there. The two other offices were that of the (High) priest and the prophet
Samuel was the prophet. But then, what if Saul could combine all the three offices into one? May be, God didn’t know what ALL Saul could do(!?)
Saul wanted ot “demonstrate” his ability . Also, he could show to the rest of Israleites that what prophet Samuel was doing was no big thing!
When a person tends to do what he/she is not called to do, God takes it very very seriously. If someone is called by God for certain ministry and they stretch their hands to do something else, they might end up paying a big price for that!
Samuel had told Saul to wait for seven days and until Samuel came.
8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings,[b] but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” (1 Sam 10, NIV 84)-emphasis added
Saul somehow made it seven days, and then he jumped into action just before Samuel came. The excuse? “my people were scattering; so I did it”
Saul had not properly trained his men to be together. (Saul had to first get himself together and then people would have stood together with him)
8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.[e]” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.
11 “What have you done?” asked Samuel. (! Sam 13, NIV 84)-emphasis added
When Saul hasted to do that, God didn’t wait any longer to act. God told Saul, “you are out” of being Israels’ King!
If we “jumped” into something because we found some “reason” to do so, wait a minute. We better consult God before doing that
We see similar traits in people all the time. A business man may feel jealous of someone with a salary job, even though they make much more than the other.
In the same way, there are many who somehow want to become a “Pastor”. Getting a license is not that difficult. So “why wait”?
What God says, has become immaterial!
We better know our calling. God is never late. If God says “jump”, do it!
Have a blessed day
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your care and concern for me. I know you love me and have prepared the best for me, which will come at the appropriate time. Help me to always focus on what you called me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen
“God is never late, never early; He is always on time”
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