A Prescribed Time

“For I have assigned you a number of days…” (Ezekiel 4:5 NASB)

God is precise in His timing. He has a beginning and an end for every season. Many times, we feel that God has dropped us off somewhere without reason until we’ve passed every test and accomplished every task to His exact specification. Not so! God places us specifically in line with His purposes. He knows exactly how long it will take to complete HIS will. God is the master of the machinery.

Just because you fail doesn’t mean it will prolong your season. Don't let failure define you. Let it refine you. God's intention isn't for you to succeed as much as it is to be aware of your total dependence upon Him. When we fail, we learn more about God's character, His loving kindness, His patience, His faithfulness, His grace, etc. God’s assignment isn’t dependent on you fulfilling the task. If it were, it would mean the responsibility of accomplishing God’s purpose is up to you, that He is relying on you. Know that whatever God is doing will be accomplished in HIS prescribed time.

So, take in all the sights and sounds of your current assignment. Change your perspective. The moments now will be memories that will serve to your advantage at the next level. Don’t stress out when you mess up. God knows what HE is doing. HE is faithful to complete what HE started (Philippians 1:6). God called you and HE is faithful to bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5;24). You didn't start it, so you can't finish it. God is the author and the finisher of your story (Hebrews 12:2). Take heart! You WILL finish strong!

Substance

"You need to persevere so... you will receive what he has promised." (Hebrews 10:36 NIV)

It takes a lifetime for a God given vision to come to pass. Just think: it only takes 6 months for a mushroom to sprout up, but it takes over 60 years for an oak tree to grow to full maturity. One gets mulched up in a mower, while the other one survives storms, unbending and unbreakable. Many want to reach their pinnacle quickly. However, it takes years of compacting circumstances and strength under pressure to become something of real substance. One of the definitions of substance is "something real, not imaginary; something solid, not empty." Too many young pioneers and visionaries look for shortcuts to success rather than take the long road to fruitfulness. Real fruitfulness is a byproduct of faithfulness and perseverance instead of politics, sticking it out, and staying your post. When we attempt to take shortcuts toward our vision we will end up cutting our vision short. We must never give up and endure to the end. Nothing lasting, significant, sturdy, or truly impactful ever happened quickly. If you're facing discouraging and difficult times, it's time to hunker down even harder and trust God even when it SEEMS there's no growth or results. I call it postage stamp faith: sticking to your assignment until you reach your destination. The deeper the unseen root the higher the visible fruit. By the way... Be very mindful not to miss the wonderful things God is doing NOW for any anxiousness of what you're striving for. Today is only a result of what you believed for yesterday. Take time to thank God for the milestones you have seen and know that He is yet to do even greater. A God moment is only a result of what He has been doing in you over time! This is the stuff that real substance is made of.