Monday, June 1, 2009

God's Promises: His plans in His time

Today, I was part of a group of men who discussed "Bible Time" from Patrick Morley's One-Year Bible Story (

I have a friend who signs off all his e-mails with the phrase "In His Time," a phrase that I have used and heard used with missing a deadline or having a failed project. So, after a few weeks of reading, "In His Time," on my friend's e-mails, I began to think to myself, "Wow! He must miss a lot of deadlines!"

Have you ever felt that God put something on your heart, a dream, a promise, but you haven't seen it come to pass? How has that affected your faith an trust in God?

God had promised Abraham that He would make Abraham the father of a great nation, and bless him. That promise was fulfilled, but not in Abraham's time. The course of this promise follows Abraham, Isaac, and then Jacob (who becomes Israel). Israel goes on to have 12 sons, THEN 430 years later a great mob of people flee into the desert for 40 years before finally capturing the Promised Land. It was fulfilled in God's time.

The point is that God has a purpose and a plan for all of us. Commit to the Lord all that you do and your plans will succeed...according to His plan and in His time.

With this in mind, I am able to see the phrase "In His Time" with a whole new light. It's not a catchy phrase to be used to make myself feel better about a failed objective. "In His Time" reminds me that He is the one in charge. God is the dream giver and He has put something on all our hearts. In our obedience to Him, we are to go after that dream, commit all that we do to God, and your work will succeed in His time according to His plan for us all.

Scriptures: Genesis 13:14-17, Exodus 12:40-13:14, Proverbs 16:1-5, Psalm 90:4, and 2 Peter 3:8-10.

The Men of Bay Area Fellowship has multiple groups that meet throughout the week to share their lives, insights, and delve into the word of God as it pertains to men and how we are called to lead for Christ. I lead the Monday morning group that meets at the Taqueria Jalisco on 5338 Kostoryz (between SPID and Tiger Lane).

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