Your Time Will Come!
God can use certain things, experiences, situations, and so on to reveal spiritual truth to us. I have seeing it in many cases, but I would like to talk about timing today. Just across my window in the house where I lived the Lord showed me something that I believe will help us. In fact, it has helped me! Now please see the uploaded photo of the plant. You will see two trees; the tree on the left has started to bud again after it had shed it leaves. While the one on your right is still heavily on its resting stage after it has shed it leaves and is yet to recover. I have also included separate photo of the two trees so that we can see it closely! We can see that when we compare the two trees, we are quick to see that the tree on the left is fast in shedding its leaves, in budding and also in going through all its circle, but this is not the same on the other tree. This tree is taking its time and not in a hurry. Now what can we learn from this? 1)The tree on the right is minding its own business and not worrying about the tree nearby whether it has shed its leaves or not. He is not into competition with another tree whatsoever. In due time it will also pass through the stages of the nearby tree too. The key is to recognize that its time will also come. Life is not about competition but recognize when God tells you to act on his words to you. It may not be the same with others! You may realize that we are gifted differently and though we are one in the body (1 Cor 12:12-31), yet we are different. This therefore means we should not expect the same fruit from everyone and at the same time. There is bound to be a difference. It is a well-known fact that all fingers are not equal! We cannot expect the same results in all things from everyone. You will recall in the book of John 7 when his brothers urged him to attend the Feasts of Tabernacles, but Jesus said, “My hour has not yet come”. Meaning his hour will come, but it has not come yet. There is no need for us to do anything when it is not yet the time. If we do, we will only be going ahead of our time. The result will be disaster. We must go along with God in all things. If he doesn’t go do not go or do it! We must appreciate him at all time! You notice later that Jesus went up to the feast. John 7:1-11 says, “ 7 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want[a] to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not[b] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?” ----NIV. 7 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doesn't. 4 For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?” ---KJV. “7 After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. 2 But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, 3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! 4 You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” 5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. 6 Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. 8 You go on. I’m not going[a] to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” 9 After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee. Jesus Teaches Openly at the Temple 10 But after his brothers left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view. 11 The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him.” ---NLT. 2)Notice that sometimes the tree has no control over itself. The control is from God. Notice two that the environment doesn’t appears to play any part in their response to what happened to them. They are in the same area. They are very close without any of them influencing or impacting each other. In other words, they are a test of time and nature. Nature has a way of playing a part on what God has sowed and we can see it in these plants. 3)Worrying-just look at the trees we can see differences. One key way we can stay away from worrying is by us not looking on others and see how others have been blessed why you have not been blessed! Covetousness can set in quietly. I have seen this in my life until God reveal this to me that I should not worry about what others have and I don’t have. If you stay away from this habit you will be amazed what will happen to you. Instead of looking unto God we seem to look at people and the things they have, and we yield to complain after comparing ourselves with them and we suddenly tell ourselves that “Oh I am suffering, why this! Others are blessed, I am Not!” In fact, I repent, and how often I repent when I remember this because it doesn’t bring Glory to God. While because I am not blessed, and you are blessed. God knows the best way to blessed you. Just look around there are so many ways he has blessed you. The devil will make it seems that you are not blessed. Moreover, please let us note that blessing doesn’t only rest on money or property, it includes you and I knowing God. Have you tried to consider what else remains if we have Jesus? The scripture clearly teaches us in Matt 6:33-34 says, “33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.“---KJV. “33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ---NIV. ”33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. “---NLT. I have included three translations (NIV = New International Translation, KJV = King James Version and NLT = New Living Translation and if you know any other translation I encourage you to use it as they will help you better understand the meaning!) here that will help us understand this principle of God. If we know him the rest benefit is just an addition, that is, we will begin to see his other promises coming up. You will probably agree with me that one problem we are having as Christian is simply the fact that most of us do not know him. In addition, most of us are not even a believer or Christian and sadly enough we are in a church. I say this because when we cannot forgive others and we call ourselves a Christian you be the judge if this is what the Lord says. 4)Depending on God. We see the dependence on God by the trees. One may be at a faster pace than the other, but we see that they are all in alignment with the nature. They are not in affront to time or seasons. They see circumstances as a seasonal trial that comes in their lives that will also pass away. Notice that it is just a question of time the seasons will also go. It is never forever. The scripture also clearly teaches in Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” ---NIV. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” ---KJV. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” ---NLT. The same is true in all our trials-situations, circumstances and so on that seems to come to everyone of us. The trials will come and go! 5)We are not to give up on what season that appears to be uneasy to us. We are to be steadfast immovable and in due time we will reap. I know it is painful, but we are children of God that endure as he also endures, and we must remain faithful that way to him! Conclusion. There is a time for you and there is time for everyone under the sun. Allow the Lord to declare to you this time and when he does use it wisely. We should appreciate the Lord for the time he has giving us. We should try and wait for God’s time. Please let us not forgot to recognize that in due time your own time will come, and it will not fail. We should appreciate God for all that he has done for us and for every little thing because we do not know how much we need Him! In his time everything looks beautiful in our lives!