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‘The vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.’ Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV

Missionary evangelist Daniel Kolenda writes: ‘We can easily become frustrated if we don’t understand that just as there are times and seasons in nature, there are also times and seasons in the process of fulfilling God’s will…’

Remember reading a few days ago about the group of experienced missionaries who got together and found God that had taken them each through the same five-step cyclical process? (See November 25) Solomon wrote ‘To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV) Bottom line: timing is all-important!

When executives at Decca Records told the Beatles, ‘Groups with guitars are on the way out,’ they signed up with EMI—and the rest is history! Don’t miss the lesson here. Each of us has been placed on earth as a caretaker of God’s business. And that’s true whether you are a judge or a cleaner. You’ve been given an allotment of life and charged with the responsibility of taking care of it, investing it, increasing it, and presenting it back to God. Simply saying, ‘I was afraid of failing,’ or ‘I was worried about being criticised,’ or ‘I didn’t think I was good enough,’ won’t work.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Excuses always replace progress.’ God will accept your trials and errors, but He won’t accept your excuses for not having tried. So pray, accept responsibility, and step out in faith. You may fail many times on your way to success, but if you keep trying and trusting God, you’ll eventually succeed.

SoulFood: Gen 14:18, Ps 110, Heb 5:5–11

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