The Appointed Time

“Thou wilt arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her.  For the appointed time has come.” (Psalm 102:13)

Are there more favorable times to accomplish things in life than at others?  Yes, there are.  For example, if you plant certain crops in the wrong season you will not get a harvest.  And by the same token, if you observe the appropriate season for sowing you will often reap a harvest that far exceeds your expectation.  In the same way, God has arranged spiritual seasons that bring vast results (often much greater than perhaps years of previous efforts).

The psalmist declared in Psalm 102 that the seasons of God’s favor has come for Zion.  He has observed (and apparently shared in experience) that the season prior for God’s people had led to isolation and depression.   They seemingly felt that they had been abandoned by God.  But he knows the ways of God; that God ends all His “Days” in Creation order in Light.   For example, in the Beginning you’ll notice the order of the expression, “The evening and the morning were the first day”….”The evening and the morning were the second day….” “The evening and the morning were the third day” and so forth (See further Genesis 1).  God was establishing, as a spiritual principle, an order in Creation that would continue as His principle in the order of Redemption.

Again, God announces His ways through the prophet Jeremiah: “For I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them,  and give them joy for their sorrow”(Jeremiah 31:13b).  God promises that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”  Things may start off looking bad; they may appear dark as if we have to accept defeat.  But God says, “Not so!” You may be in a time of testing by God, but if you hang on in faith God will see you through to the end with blessing. And in the end–Victory over all the power of the enemy ! (See Romans 8:28-37)  We must persevere to the end, because the end of a matter is greater than it’s beginning.

For example, take the life of Job.  Job was the wisest, richest, most godly man in the East.  God had made him so.  And yet… God allowed Job to be tested on every level.   He suffered the loss of his children; his business suffered bankruptcy; his health failed him, and his friends accused him of “sin in your life”.  And yet, James reminds us to think about how Job’s suffering ended: “You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful”(James 5:11).   Again, read the record in the Book of Job: “And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold”(Job 42:10).  Job understood that no matter what he was going through… God was setting him up for a greater capacity.  “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly” (Job 8:7).  Job prayed for his accusers and God released him into a greater dimension of blessing.  There is an “Appointed time” when God comes to His people with favor like nothing they have previously experienced.  As someone has said, “He tests us to bless us”.  Lift up your heart, for your Redeemer is near!  He is the Glory and Lifter of your head!

Copyright (c) Walter Fletcher, Jr., 2010.  Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge,  provided that it is not altered in its original form and content.  Please direct all correspondence to walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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