Words in Red are excerpts from my journal as I have been taking the words of Jesus and letting them speak directly to my own heart.
John 7:6(NIV): Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.”
Timing is everything. The right thing done at the wrong time becomes the wrong thing. Jesus, You never succumbed to the pressure of hurry or allowed other people’s agendas to get you off track. Your time in prayer and in the Father’s presence set Your daily course and caused You to walk in power and authority out of divine directive.
Now Lord, You tell me in your Word that I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and that I can know the will of God for my life on a daily basis. Jesus, as I wake up and spend time in Your Word, I ask You to tune my ear to Your voice so that I don’t go running in my own reactionary direction, running into obstacles I could have avoided and making rushed mistakes.
Lord Jesus, You told your unbelieving brothers that any time “was right” to them for You to reveal Yourself as the Messiah. They were like pushy agents for a Las Vegas talent act – trying to get You to “perform” where and when they thought best to get the most attention and biggest following. But You didn’t allow their worldly agenda to get You out of alignment with the Father and push You out of His will. You knew that success and promotion come from God – and self-promotion is from Satan. Therefore, You were able to wait on the Father’s timing for the “who, what, when, where and how” of every detail of Your destiny.
Lord Jesus, help me to settle down and rest in You. Help me to approach the throne of grace with confidence, asking for help in time of need and patiently waiting on You for the right timing to execute the items on my task list. Free me from a “hurry up” mentality and lead me calmly beside still waters. (Psalm 23)
Lord God, today may I hear Your voice for my day. May You guide me in all my affairs. Because I have given my day to You and surrendered everything that concerns me, I trust and believe that You are going before me to make straight paths for my feet.(Proverbs 3:6) I walk on the red carpet of Your favor. Thank you Lord that my acceptance and identity are settled in You so I don’t have to scramble, struggle or strive for promotion or approval from people. I will wait on Your timing for all good things in any way you choose to bring them! Amen.
- Do you struggle under the pressure of deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise?
- Are you a slave driver of yourself?
- Is someone else in your life putting great pressure on you to perform perfectly and causing you feel the weight of their unreasonable expectations?
I’ve been on both sides of that coin. Have you? Most of the time, though, I am the one putting pressure on myself to get too much accomplished – and perfectly at that! I want to be all things to all people. I want to be the perfect wife, mother, grandmother, friend, employee, colleague, Women’s minister, teacher, and child of God. Seeing it all in print reminds me how impossible that would be, even on my best day. Jesus states so clearly in the Scripture above that there is a time for everything. God knows when and how things should be done and when we fail to consult Him, we are doomed from the start!
You can learn to start Your day off with prayers of consecration and requests for wisdom and guidance and favor. Thank the Lord for His everlasting goodness and faithfulness in your life, even through the times when you were faithless! The more you magnify Him in your day, the more your ear stays tuned to His voice and you receive guidance without having to strive. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
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