For there is a right time and procedure to every purpose, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him. Ecclesiastes 8:6
There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.
Zora N. Hurston
We all know the phrase “God’s timing is perfect”. But we should also know that waiting for that time is quite the challenge.
Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time for everything under the sun. Everything means our actions and all that concerns us. When Solomon wrote these scripture the Hebrew word for everything was actually, chephets, which means delight or pleasure. God is sovereign and His providence arranges some of the details in our lives. The book of Ecclesiastes is one where Solomon speaks to the human experience of man on earth (the carnality of mankind). He alludes to the fact that God:
- created this earth, us and all that’s in it
- gave us work to do
- and wants us enjoy our time here
People often ask me if their destiny is already set, and my response is a ‘no’. Our destiny cannot be entirely predestined because God gave us free will. Every decision we make alters our destiny. And although there are certain things which God will appoint, He also takes on the responsibility of redirecting our paths (His sovereignty). Things like prophetic fulfillment, coincidences, divine encounters and appointments and God winks, are God’s way of ordering our steps. The word says He orders the steps of the righteous and has predestined works for us to walk in: but God is not a dictator and we are not robots!
God’s sovereignty works all things for our good, according to the preexisting plan of His own design. We may fall, or slip, yet God’s sovereignty rearranged the pieces of our puzzle so that things could match. But in order to walk in God’s timing, we must be surrendered to His will. This means choosing God’s ways over our own, renewing our minds, crucifying our flesh and desires, closing doors to things which do not edify, ending toxic or destructive relationships and leaning in to God’s heart through the word and daily prayer.
Lord Jesus, we desire to walk in your Cairo’s. I pray for discernment, wisdom, strategy and conviction for each of your children. May you open the hearts of your people to receive and know the depths of your love and mercy. And may we be all that you created us to be and do all that you scheduled for us to do. In Jesus name, Amen!