JUNE 09, 2024



But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 Living Bible).

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Solomon went ahead to state the time for different things, both positive and negative. It’s not pleasing when things are done or happen at the wrong time. Everything must be done or take place at the right time

From nature, we understand that everything happens in its season. Rain falls in its season and harvest takes place in its season. God tells the Israelites, If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4 New King James Version). Note the phrase “rain in its season.” It is strange when rain falls not in its season. All things being equal, rain will fall in its season. But because of the Israelites’ sin, there were times when rain was withheld.

Again, God says in Deuteronomy 11:13-14, “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil” (New King James Version). Notice the phrase “in its season.” In that scripture, God talks about giving the Israelites the rain for their land in its season if they obey His commandments. Disobedience would prevent this.

God also promises rain in its season in Deuteronomy 28:12: The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow” (New King James Version). He promises to give the rain to the Israelites in its season. In other words, there is a season for rain not to fall. God will not give their land rain in such a season.

There is a season for rain so that the farmers can plant and what they plant can be watered and it can grow. Without rain in its season, there will be no harvest season. Jeremiah 5:24 says God gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. A sheaf of grain ripens in its season (Job 5:26b). The Bible states in Psalm 1:3 that a tree planted by the rivers of water brings forth its fruit in its season. There is a season for the rain, the grain, and the new wine (Hosea 2:9). God has set a season for everything.

What is true for nature is also true for human beings. There is a season or time for everything in our lives, not just a season or time to be born and die. Life is in turn (Esther 2:12, 15). Things don’t always happen in your time or the time you expect. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God makes all things beautiful in His (its) time, not your time. We often come under unnecessary pressure because we do not acknowledge this; we want to make things happen when God’s time has not come. Many times when things don’t happen at the time we expect, it is not because of demonic power. Nevertheless, demonic delays are real. We must be spiritually sensitive to differentiate between the two. No prayer or prophecy can make something happen before God’s time.

In Jeremiah 29, God sent the Prophet Jeremiah to tell the Israelites who were captives in Babylon not to listen to the prophets prophesying their release earlier than the time God had set; He said He did not send them. In Jeremiah 25:11, God said they would serve the King of Babylon for seventy years. He had not forgotten them. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version). But before the time of God’s visitation, they must continue their normal life, take wives, have children give their daughters away in marriage, etc. It wasn’t yet the season or time for their release.

Jesus told His brothers in John 7:6, My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready” (New King James Version). He was conscious of divine timing. He added in verse 8, You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come” (New King James Version). The Bible says after saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee. But when His brothers had gone, He also went to the feast, not openly, but secretly. Jesus followed the timing of God. He always did the will of God (John 4:34; 5:30, 6:38; Luke 22:42). In John 2:4b, He told His mother, Mary,My hour has not yet come” (New King James Version). When His hour came, He intervened in the lack of wine at the wedding by turning water into wine.

The problem is that you and I don’t always know the timing of God – the time He has fixed to do what He had told us He would do or what He has promised in His Word to do. We don’t know when our beautiful dreams and the prophecies we have received about what God wants to do in our lives will be fulfilled. Therefore, we often get impatient. We regularly complain about delays when, in reality, it is not yet time according to God’s calendar.

Habakkuk 2:3 says,For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (New King James Version). Note the expression “appointed time.” The Bible uses this phrase many times. This refers to the right season.

The Living Bible puts Habakkuk 2:3 thus:But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!

The latter part of Isaiah 28:16 says whoever believes will not act hastily. Deal with impatience. There is a season for everything in life. You must follow those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).   

Do not stress yourself, God has a plan for your life. If you force things to happen before God’s timing or outside His will, you will only create problems for yourself. The cost of preterm or premature baby care is usually high! Don’t try to turn stone into bread! Don’t do things your way and time instead of waiting for the season God has set. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.” (Daniel 8:4 New King James Version). Notice the phrase “He did according to his will and became great.” But suddenly a male goat appeared with his horn and furiously attacked the ram, broke his two horns, knocked him to the ground, and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power.

Don’t do according to your will to become great. Wait for God’s season to lift you. Beware of success according to your will rather than God’s will, and according to your time, instead of His. Be sensitive to divine timing; don’t miss your season. Continue to pray and trust in God as you wait for the right time to do what He has promised or wait for the manifestation of the answers to your prayer. In the meantime, be faithful in your current season. Do what has been entrusted to your hand. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24 New King James Version).


If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, sensitize me to the timing of God for what He wants to do in my life or wants me to do. Let me not miss the seasons God has set for me. Deliver me from impatience; let me not act hastily or prematurely. Let everything happen in my life in the right season.

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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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