If a commander is setting ranks and preparing a battle plan and one solider is commanded to do a certain thing at a certain time, but in his zealousness moves pre-maturely… will it not jeopardize the entire rank? And expose the commander’s plans before time. Will they all not lose ground?
In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus gives a parable about a landowner who hired helpers for the harvest. He enlisted help all throughout the day according to his own discretion and promised each an extremely generous wage. When the evening came, the landowner paid the wages due to each hired help, but those that were hired early and worked all day were upset because they had been contracted and were paid the same wages as those that were hired up to the last hour of the day.
Jesus says the landowners response was to establish that it was lawful for him to do what he wills with what is his. “Do you think it evil that I do good?”
The hired help failed to recognize the generosity of the landowner. For he paid the first helpers a very generous wage, and it was no injustice that he did the same with the last. His decision was an act of mercy.
Jesus ends the parable by summarizing…”many are called, but few are chosen“.
Just as it was said to Moses…”I will have mercy on whom I have mercy and compassion on whom I have compassion. So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God the sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16)
Timing of the call, or the word, or the task…. is the master’s discretion, it is according to His will. We must be obedient to His timing… or else in like manner, become disobedient to His will.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
That is a long passage that essentially says….Do not question Gods Time. Make no assumption that because God is eternal that He is no respecter of Time.
James 2:10 warns “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Romans 6:16 says “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness.”
“Let all things be done decently and in order” – 1 Cor 14:40
The work of God’s hands, the Sun, moon and stars, the cycles of the seasons and all those things he deems good, He appointed a time for it. It is good because he willed it to be so. He destined it. He established it. However, this doesn’t excuse us to sit idle when the call of duty comes. We are to be ready in season and out.
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, the HE may exalt you at the Proper TIME…. The KJV reads ‘due time’.” – 1 Peter 5:6
Why did Moses, whom God set as a Prince over Egypt by divine plan, also purpose that he would spend 40 years as a Bedouin herder? Hiding in exile, charged with murder, for defending one of Gods people. After learning of his heritage, he most assuredly felt a need on his heart to help God’s people however he could. Nevertheless, he was driven out of his home and into the wilderness for 40 years before the Lord called him out. God used that time to prepare him. He used that time to complete the foundation of his testimony.
Our testimonies are not exclusively our own. Yes, they speak of what Truth God has faithfully manifested in our lives. But our testimonies become legacies of Gods deliverance among men. Of His Grace and Mercies. When we are obedient to God’s time and allow God to unveil His Truth in His time. Our testimonies endure forever.
The potter with the clay will mold and breakdown and reshape and rebuild as many times as necessary. According to His own discretion until the vessel is a reflection of His perfect work. And he showcases it before Kings, before giants, before principalities and powers and rulers of the world.
We try to press God to conform to our time. Its time for revival, its time for your return, its time you send healing. We sound like the Hebrews of old. God is saying the same today that He was saying then….Its TIME to worship ME. Its time to seek your Deliverer. Today is the day of salvation and NOW is the accepted time. He has told us what time it is. It is time we obey!
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22
Submitted by @ Christy Peers