God’s Timing: the Difference Between Winners and Losers

A painful image etched itself into our minds as we saw 21-year old French hurdler Wilhem Belocian weeping after being disqualified from his first Olympic race, the 110 meters hurdles.

His sin?

He started an instant too soon.

Year of effort and sacrifice counted for nothing.

He had worked hard enough. He was one of the fastest in the world in his event. He wanted the gold medal badly. Yet, a fraction of a second sunk all his hopes. (Watch Belocian– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3f96gEoHYw )

Human lightning bolt, Usain Bolt, has only been beaten once in the last eight years. He jumped the gun at the 2011 World Championships and was disqualified.

It’s not enough to work hard, sacrifice and run with everything in you. You got to start at the right time or you can lose all that labor.

Jumping the Gun

It’s like that with God’s will. When God tells you to do something, there are two vital elements involved: God’s will and God’s timing. You can’t have one without the other.

Moses felt revolutionary fires burning in his heart when he saw his countrymen reduced to slavery. He started 40 years too early, though, and ended up running for his life.

When God’s time came, he accomplished the vision that God had placed in his heart.

God sent Jesus to the earth at just the right moment in history—not a minute too early or late.

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (Gal. 4:4, 5 NIV)

When God reveals His will to you, you need to seek Him about the time to start.

Hang on a minute. You back in the corner. I see that satisfied grin on your face. You’re saying, “God spoke to me but it’s not time yet. I’ll just keep on doing what I want to do.”

It might be the time.

Some of God’s people were too busy to do God’s will—too busy building their own comfortable world. The Lord sent a prophet to zap them.

“Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai:  “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.” (Haggai 1:4-8, NIV)

So, when it comes to the will of God you need to be careful not to jump the gun.

But, don’t go to sleep in the blocks either, while the others are running the race.

Keep close to the Lord and even if you goof up, He’ll get you back on the track.

Hmmm …

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn

Smile …

“I’ve never liked to run so if you see me running, you had better run too. » Internet

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