John 7:6-8 – “Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”

 

Even though Jesus knew that He was already well equipped for His earthly mission, He said to His mother and brothers, “My time is not yet come” (John 2:4; 7:6). Assume Jesus was forced to go there, what would be our faith today? (John 7:2-9) His opponents planned to get rid of Him, but He knew that they could not touch Him as long as He followed the direction of the Spirit of God within Him. Assume Jesus was rushed by the emergency of others to turn water to wine – it would not have been possible for Him; He never acted outside the Father’s will. When Jesus was arrested and betrayed by Judas, He did not fight back but rather submitted to the will of the Father and said, ‘If it was not God’s time, you could not arrest Me.’ (Matthew 26) When it was time for Him to die for our sins, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your son…” (John 17:1).

 

This means there are two times – God’s time and man’s time. Which of these controls you?

When you are controlled by the power on the outside, you will looking to others for direction. If you are led by human nature, any time can be the right time.

 

·      If it is not God’s appointed time to be rich, and you get rich without God’s processing, that money will attract challenges that you will not be able to cope with, and it will become a burden to you.

·      If it is not God’s time to achieve something but you are led by personal ambition, that seeming success may soon turn to failure if you cannot manage it. Ambition does not wait for God’s time; vision does.

·      When it is not the right time for you to marry, you can make a costly mistake because the right time brings the right person.

 

 What a blessing to live a life arranged by God, because there is truly an appointed time for everything that has to do with us. It takes vision, patience, and character of God to wait for God’s appointed time.

 

THE PILOT IN COMMAND

“Those who serve God with their heart are those who allow God to give birth to their heart’s desires. These are those who put God to where He really belongs: not in the luggage compartment, not in economy class, not in business class not in first class by in the cockpit !!! For them God IS THE PILOT IN COMMAND. Their heart is the cockpit where God dwells and files the flight plan: God decides the destination and the itinerary leading safely to that place at God’s appointed time.”

THE MOST PRECIOUS THING

“If we were to see things the way God does, we would see the immense value of godly character that comes from loving God and shunning evil. In fact, it is the most precious thing that we possess in God’s sight.”

GOD’S APPOINTMENT IN THE WILDERNESS

“Ask anyone and they will tell you that they long to hear from God, to have a personal encounter with Him, to know His will and direction for their life. But many of us fail to realize that often God gives us an appointment in the wilderness.”