Preparation Time

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?


2 thoughts on “Preparation Time

  1. Great post! I can certainly relate. God has spoken to me several things to come in the future and I often get frustrated. It is particularly frustrating when others do not recognize your gifts and calling – particularly those in spiritual authority who are not willing to help you develop those spiritual gifts. I am learning though, that if God has called you as long as you are willing, He will develop you and promote you and that I do not need to look to any man for validation. Some times rather than waiting for others to give us a break, we must step out on our own, but we must be sure it is in God’s timing otherwise we risk becoming frustrated, disillusioned and giving up all together. But God does factor in all of our mistakes and will bring us to the desired end.

    When I think of the story of Joseph, I often wonder if he prolonged what God wanted to do in his life by prematurely sharing his dream with his brothers. I firmly believe the outcome would have been the same, but perhaps the path of Joseph would have been much different.

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