The illumination in this is that God does not work on our time; God knows the depths and truths our heart to even a level that we do not understand about ourselves. So, we cannot tell God when we have learned our lesson, we cannot tell God that it is time for us to be taken to another level. We cannot move ahead of God, because God is the author and the finisher. He has already written our path and knows what He needs to take us through to make us ready. God cannot build us to be strong and tall while having a weak foundation, with a weak foundation we will surely fall. So the purpose of these times and situations; these seasons in our lives are to bring us out of desperation prayers and into prayers of faith and confirmation.
“Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy bretheren”–Luke 22:31-32Even though the seasons in our lives are used by God to strength us and draw us closer to Him, the devil always tries to sneak in some way and somehow. The enemy uses these instances to sneak in attempts to steal our joy, our peace, our faith and to tempt us to go against will of God. In Luke 22:31-32; Jesus is talking to Peter, whose was also known as Simon (Mark 3:16), he says: “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy bretheren”. The word “desired” in this scripture comes from the greek word “exaiteomai” which means to “demand for trial” the word “converted” comes from the greek word “epistrepho” which means to “return”. To paraphrase what Jesus is saying to Peter, He says: “Simon, Simon Satan wants to put you through a trial to test your faith, but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail, that you will keep your faith, and after you have made it through this, once you return from this trial, go and encourage your brothers to do the same.”
The situations and trials that we go through in the various seasons of our lives are testament of our faith. Even though we may be going through a particular season for an extend time, the best news I can tell you is that we are still on God’s time. There is nobody else’s time I would rather be on than God’s time. Our faith is the key during our seasons of trials and tests. Jesus prayed that our faith will not fail, that it would endure those seasons, but at the same time Jesus gave a prophetic word. Jesus in the same sentence said “when thou art converted”; “when you return”. Let me say that again, “When you return”! It is not a question if we will make it out of the trial, it is just a matter of when; it is just a matter of time. Hold on to your faith and do not allow your faith to fail. Even in the times that may seem desperate, do not send up desperate prayers trying to force God’s hand in the situation, but send up prayers for renewed faith.
“It is not a question if we will make it out of the trial, it is just a matter of when; it is just a matter of time.”
Be blessed and as always BE ENCOURAGED!!!