Last week’s post was about bad timing in relationships. This week, I wanted to touch on timing in purpose. Again… We usually aren’t wrong about the “what” but about the “when.” Acting without regards to timing robs a good thing of producing the good results that would have occurred had the timing been right. And what’s more, doing a “good thing” at the wrong time can actually cause harm instead of the good that it was intended to bring.
But, I mean, wrong timing when it comes to your purpose isn’t a huge deal or anything…your purpose is only the reason you’re breathing right now… (I hope you sense my sarcasm.)
So what happens when we act too early or too late (or not at all) when it comes to the purpose we are to achieve in this world??
The problem with acting in purpose too early is that your training isn’t complete. There are things that God allows us to go through because it prepares us for what’s coming next. That’s like getting halfway through medical school and then dropping out to open your own medical practice. Uhhhh, no ma’am! No sir! Get your butt back in school! There are things you need to learn in order to help and heal others properly, or you may end up costing someone their life instead of saving it.
There are things that God has shown me that He wants me to accomplish for the future, near and far. But because I have knowledge of those things, it takes a lot of restraint to wait for Him to release me to begin these things instead of diving into it now!! No matter how AMAZING these things are… and they are pretty freaking amazing… doing those things right now would completely throw God’s plan off.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God does everything just right and on time and that we will never completely understand His ways. This is because He is perfect and we aren’t. It is the purpose of everything in creation to glorify God, and if we had the ability to do these things on our own, then we would take that glory for ourselves. The only perfect timing we know is “right now” and we usually don’t understand why that doesn’t work until after the damage happens. That is why we don’t have a choice but to depend on God’s perfect ways and timing.
I have spoken with COUNTLESS people who hold off on moving and acting on their purposes because they are waiting for every aspect of their lives to line up just right, even when God is clearly instructing them to take certain steps and follow certain instructions. AGAIN… one thing God never requires is perfection. He can’t get the glory He deserves from that; it’s too easy. Sometimes God will lead you to move into your purpose at times when it seems like there’s no way it could possibly work or succeed; when it looks like the odds are stacked against you; when it seems like failure is inevitable. But ooooh how many of you KNOW that God loves to show Himself as the Way-Maker!! If we wait until we feel like the circumstances are better, then we rob God of using us as an example to get the glory as a Miracle-Worker! God is extremely intentional and strategic: even in the little things that we think are just “coincidences.” He orchestrates certain windows of opportunities for our purposes to be achieved. Don’t let the window of opportunity close on you because you choose to put more faith in the circumstances that you see over your God; the One who is All-Knowing, All-Powerful (come on somebody!), able to be in the past, present, and future all at the same time! THAT is Who you have on YOUR side! WHOM shall you fear?! WHO can stand against Him? (Whew, I’ve typed myself happy y’all! Praise you God!) The last thing you want to do is miss out on an opportunity to achieve your purpose, because as I mentioned before, it’s the very reason for your existence.
There are certain people that need your purpose at a certain time and they would miss out on what they need if you act on those things outside of God’s timing. We also don’t have God’s blessing over us if we act in disobedience and discord to His timing. That means that it would be up to you, and you alone, to accomplish your purpose. And if there’s one thing you should know about achieving your purpose, please knowthat you will fail without God’s help.
Now you know I hate to drop seeds in the garden of your thoughts without leaving you some water to help them grow, so below I’ve included a prayer over you and your purpose and some scriptures to read and meditate on as it relates to God’s timing in your purpose!