Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 7.
Today's Reading: John, Chapter 7
Author: Denise Fernandez
We know the will of God is good. He wants us to be blessed. But God's timing can be hard to understand. In the passage John 7, Jesus' brothers are pushing him to go show the people His miracles at the festival to make all of them (including themselves) believers. But, in John 7:8 (NLT), Jesus replies:
"You go on. I'm not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come."
The Amplified Bible reads:
"My time has not yet fully come."
Jesus understood God's timing and understood that He must wait on God's perfect timing.
"So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor." 1 Peter 5:6 (NLT)
"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
Reading further into the chapter, we see that Jesus didn't stay away from the festival. He went up without being spotted. And, He went straight to the Temple to teach.
Jesus knew that when you are waiting on God, it doesn't mean you sit back and wait.
No! He went to God's house to teach, to serve, to tell others about God. And, on the last day, He encouraged the people.
"On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, 'Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, rivers of living water will flow from His heart." John 7:37-38 (NLT)
"Climax" is another time word. Let's look at what it means.
Climax: the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a peak, the highest point, the time at which something is most powerful or successful.
When we wait on God, for His perfect timing, we may feel we have hit the climax. It's intense, a high point, and it is exhausting. Jesus understood this too. He told the people, "COME TO ME; DRINK."
Jesus is always there to refresh us and renew our strength when we are tired.
Today, pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to See Beyond your current circumstances. Pray that your spirit is so finely in tune with God that you know when to wait and when to go. Pray that you serve Him while you wait. And, pray that when you are feeling the intensity of waiting, when you have reached the peak, that Jesus refreshes you, restores your hope, opens your spiritual eyes, and helps you to believe that God's timing is perfect timing.
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