I’m sure that many of you have heard the phrase, “Time will tell.”
This little antidote is often used to say that we simply don’t know what will happen in the future, but that as time goes on, eventually we will find out.
As we know there is a time and a purpose for everything that happens under the sun.
There are things that happen in our lives now that couldn’t have happened ten years ago due to a multitude of different things.
We are older now and many of the things that are now happening in our lives couldn’t have been received years ago, because we weren’t equipped to handle them.
Our circumstances have changed as well; our children are older, and perhaps they have families of their own.
Perhaps many years ago we were promised to have a ministry that would touch people in a certain setting, and yet it couldn’t happen until other things would line up in our lives.
At the time that we were told about these future events, one may well have uttered the words, “Well…only time will tell.” And yet beyond this phrase we should also know that we have the promises of God that works all things together for our good.
Therefore, having known that fact, it is much more than a realization that only time would tell.
You see, time is an instrument in the hands of the Almighty. God dwells beyond the scope of time.
And as God lives beyond the scope of time He can direct events and circumstances in ways that will lead us to the desired goal that he has for our lives.
It is certainly true that most of us have had to wait for many years to see God’s promises unfolding in our lives.
But if we didn’t need to wait for these things then perhaps our faith wouldn’t have relied upon God, but only upon circumstances.
The Angel of the LORD visited Abraham and informed him about what would come to pass. The ordeal was certainly something to hear as Sarah was advanced in years and was getting too old to conceive a child.
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. (Genesis 18:14).
And then later on we see the fulfillment of this event that was promised:
“For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him,” Genesis 21:2.
I’m certain that both Abraham and Sarah had spent their days wondering and laughing in consideration of the prospect of having a child in their old age.
In fact we know from scripture that indeed Sarah did laugh at the prospect of giving birth to a child.
They may well have thought and uttered to themselves, “Time will tell.”
The months went by and still Sarah did not give birth.
But as wait upon the Lord we shall renew our strength and we will then lift up like wings as of eagles.
What may well seem as a small beginning will in the end see the fulfillment of the plans that God has for us.
We see this laid out in Zechariah 4:8-10.
“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?