"This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed" - Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV).
The statement "Too late" is quite common vocabulary among the worldly people. For those who have no experience of the workings of God they are always running against being "too late!" One must not be "too late" to go to university or forsake the right career; not "too late to get the dream job or else miss out on it for the rest of life; not "too late" to get married or else lose out on the right mate forever; not "too late" to have kids, otherwise forget it; not "too late" to cash on the right deal or else suffer poverty for the rest of life! It is a life of racing against being "too late" or the door will be shut forever.
In God's kingdoms it is not "too late" but rather the "right time!" Abraham was never "too late to have a son but got Isaac at the "right time (Genesis 21:2)!" The prophet Moses was never "too late" but liberated the Israelites at the "right time" (Exodus 3:7-10)!" Hannah was never too late to have a son but got Samuel at the "right time! (1 Samuel 1:20)!"
And why right time? Have you ever seen a kid who gets behind steering wheels before his due birth date for driving? Well, frankly many have not survived to the right birthday. The excitement and certain naivety of falling into things before the "right time" becomes an Achilles heel, one that may even cost life.
God spares us of having certain desires fullfilled ahead of time because He knows the "right time"! Sometimes it is to mature us such that at that point when we are fully able and in position to handle all without being overwhelmed, the joy is ours. All the waiting is to spare us of that we had no idea of.
So, friend, if there is something you have been yearning for, and the time seems to take its course, do not listen to the voice of the world that it is "too late!" With God it is always the "right time!"
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for the spirit of patientience and waiting on you for you have good plans which are daily unfolding for my life, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!