Timing – Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “there is a time for everything.” The right sense of timing is important in making good decisions. Jesus understood this well and mentioned “time” several times throughout the gospels. When the time was right for His arrest and the beginning of His crucifixion, He was very aware of it and He acknowledged it to His Father, saying “Father, the time has come.” When it comes to joining God in His work, we do not want to get in a hurry, but be patient for God to work through things in His timing (Psalm 37:7, Psalm 27:14).
He will bring things together in the right timing. When the timing is right and God wants us to move out, He will nudge us in our spirit to go.
When I sense that timing is not right, this is an indicator to me I am not to go or something needs to change and therefore, I need to talk to God about resolving a problem if I am to continue. When timing is right, priorities are not compromised. What is to be done is done in an orderly and fitting way, not in a state of chaos.
Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 says “the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.”
These are the ways that God generally speaks to us, however, He is capable of speaking in whatever way He chooses – in one example in the Bible (Numbers 22), He spoke through a donkey to Balaam! The thing we need to remember is that we need to test all things against God’s Word to be sure they are of God because Satan, our enemy, is at work to mislead us and we also have our flesh with it’s sinful desires that can mislead us which is a good reason not to assume God’s will based on our emotions or feelings (Romans 13:14). We will not hear God through occult (demonic) mediums, the dead, divination, sorcery, interpreting of omens, evil spirits, or practices such as fortune telling, tarot cards, palm reading, horoscope (astrology) and witch craft (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). In the book of Deuteronomy (32:17), God tells us His view of demons. In this passage, He says of Jeshurun “They sacrificed to demons, which are not God.” When you open your life up to these things, you are making yourself vulnerable to demonic powers that are very real and harmful and contrary to God. YIKES!!! WATCH OUT, DEAR ONES!!! Jesus spent a lot of His time rescuing people from demonic possession throughout the gospels – the demonic realm is real and should not be played with.
John 10 tells us Jesus is the good shepherd and His sheep will listen to His voice, they will follow Him because they know His voice; but they will never follow a stranger, in fact, they will run away from a stranger because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. The longer we run with God, the more we get to know, understand and recognize His voice and see Him working in our lives so that where He goes, we can follow. He beckons us “Come, follow me!” (Matthew 4:19) The word “come” means to arrive or attack. Therefore, Jesus’ request is to “arrive at or attack the opportunity to “follow” Him. To follow is “to accompany, to assist, to imitate.” Hence, let us “arrive at or attack the opportunity to accompany Him, to assist Him and imitate Him as His beloved people of faith.” He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out – “Listen – He’s calling to us now!” How exciting!!! YES, FATHER, I HEAR YOU!!!
Where is He calling YOU to “come follow Him for the divine life???” Oh sooo proud of you for doing so!!! I’m a gal seeking to follow Jesus in His invitation to me!!! He is on the move and it is His promise that “He is at work in us to will and act according to His purpose,” so as this song says here “Make me salt, make me light, Lord Jesus, for that is what YOU are and oh, I’m a wanna be just like You, Jesus!!! BRING IT JESUS – BRING YOU THRU US TO BE REFLECTIONS OF YOU IN THIS WORLD!!!