“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
― John Burroughs
Seasons come and go in the kingdom of God just as they do on the Earth. There is a divine timing to receiving and activating things in the kingdom- windows of opportunity that could be missed if we fail to have ears to hear what Jesus is saying to us as His church.
The prophetic amongst us will recognise that tug in our Spirits upon hearing a certain message, when watching the news or reading a book on a specific topic. It is the nudge that alerts us to sit up and take more notice. We lean in and listen a little closer, we read slowly; taking in each word and mulling it over, we sense God wants to do something specific with the information or knowledge we are receiving.
This means more than jotting down extra notes in a keepsake notebook, more than an in-depth discussion after a service…
Maybe we need to pray strategically into that area? Maybe we need to focus our strength and resources into developing that area as a church community? Should we begin to declare and decree something into being? On a personal level, maybe we need to fast and actively seek God, believing that TODAY is the day of salvation. Now is the time of breakthrough for that specific issue in our homes, families and communities.
It could be simply recognising the right time to share our account of coming to faith in Jesus- with that strongly atheistic friend.
Timing is a common theme in the scriptures…
‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.’- Habakkuk 2 v 3
‘Therefore Jesus told them, “ My time is not yet here; for you any time will do….I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.’- John 7 v 6-8
‘And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.’- Luke 5 v 17
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.’- Ecclesiastes 3
What nudges in our spirit have we experienced lately? What revelation has reached its appointed time in our lives- and what are we going to do about it?
Do we know when the time is ripe and the season has arrived for a particular breakthrough in our families and our communities? If we sense it, why not trust our discernment and go after breakthrough with all our hearts. Why not proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour over our cities and nations…
Our God longs to rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated, to renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Let’s move beyond merely gazing through windows of opportunity in the Kingdom, to flinging the windows wide open and letting His Kingdom come and His will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.