The Appointed Time

For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay. Habakkuk 2:3 WEB

Over twenty years ago the Lord gave me a word that I would be a pioneer of new things in ministry and to prepare myself. I was excited and told some friends, but they just gave me a dumb look and asked if I seriously believed that. Looking back on it, I guess it would have been hard to believe. I was no one, with no education, and from a long family line that did not even attend church. We did own a dust-covered Bible that no one read, and almost everything they told me was in it, was not. Most of what I knew turned out to be the traditions of men and personal preferences.

I later went back to school and earned a degree in theology, but instead of Him putting me into ministry, I worked on computers for the next twenty years. I became skilled at it and owned my own business. Then suddenly that door shut, the business tanked, and the week that we were preparing to move out of our home, I ended up in ministry as a pastor. Now we find ourselves building an online church using the computer skills that I learned along the way, and we are beginning to do new things in ministry.

God rarely calls the qualified, but He qualifies the one that He calls. God's voice brings faith with it, and your friends who did not receive the word will not understand, but that will not matter or change your course. The word is for you alone, and those around you may never understand. Jesus' family did not understand Him either. He said 'A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house' Mark 6:4.

When God calls you to do something, He will also give you the faith to complete it. If you feel that He has not yet called you, then volunteer like Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8). Here I am! Send me! Don't give up during the training or when it does not happen overnight. No one can stop God's plan for you, except you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father please make the vision clear and me steadfast. Help me to hold on to Your word and give me the grace to get through this. My life is Yours, in the the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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