Has God given you a vision of the future? Has God told you of things to come, but when you walk toward that future it seems to crumble right before your very eyes? I’ve often wondered if that’s how Joseph or David felt. Joseph was given the vision that his family would bow down to serve him and then he was thrown into the pit to die; it took him twelve years to see that vision come to pass. David was anointed as king and then spent the next twenty years avoiding death at the hands of King Saul.
God will give us a taste of the future that’s just for us to carry us through the preparation time. Like Joseph, I have been guilty of sharing the vision God gave me before it was time. Sometimes the vision God chooses to share with us is just for us to cherish for the moment. If we are not careful we can run ahead of God and try to accomplish what God has placed in our heart in our own strength. That is a recipe for disaster. What if David had rushed ahead of God and taken the throne by force? He had opportunities, but he chose to wait on God’s timing.
When we wait for God’s timing we remain protected and assured of the victory in the end, no matter what our circumstances tell us.
This portion of scripture remains one of my go to verses when I feel like things are not working out the way they should.
Romans 8:30-32 (ESV) 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Many times God has whispered, “Do you think anyone will stop what I have decided to do?” That carries me through when I feel like someone in authority is coming up against me and I need to fight. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time we are called to fight, but it needs to be when God is calling us to rise up, not when we choose. God will keep His promises to us, but it’s our job to do what is put before us and allow Him to prepare us to step into our greatness at the proper time.
What vision has God given you? Are you waiting on His timing?