To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1
Experts tell us that timing means everything whether it’s in business, politics, sports, or a career. Timing is also is important spiritually whether it’s ministerial positions, starting a ministry as well as marriage. Failure to understand God’s timing regarding a matter we’re praying about can lead to spiritual disappointments and missed opportunities. God usually answers our prayers by yes, never, or it’s not the time. At certain times a particular action is the only proper course to take; at other times even our good intentions can be inappropriate because the Lord is saying “not now”. Our inability to understand and obey these prompting is a mark of spiritual immaturity and carnality. We must be able to discern through our spirit what God is saying; when we fail to acknowledge God in our decision making, sometimes it will lead us to suffer emotionally, physically, mentally as well as financially. We’re either lead by our own spirit, God’s Spirit or Satan; whether we believe or don’t believe something is making us make the decisions we make. When we’re being lead by the Spirit of God, we will not have fear, but when we’re being lead by our own spirit or the Spirit of Satan, we will be fearful or have hesitations.
As believers, we must place our faith in God and in His Word, He has given us a promise if we need the wisdom to ask Him (If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him – James 1:5). We need the wisdom of God when we’re making decisions for any area of our life. An example of this, say, for instance, you need to confront your manager or supervisor about a concern or a matter. The time you may want to approach the matter may not be a good time. You will first determine whether or not this is something that can be put off for a later day or another time or should it be addressed promptly. If it needs to be addressed promptly, you will check with your manager what would be the soonest they can meet with you rather than bombarding into their office.
When deciding to further your education, one would first make sure they can afford it, can they adjust to going to school and working full-time, and if they’re married, children and spouse time has to be included in the schedule. When confronting a problem with our spouse, what would be the right time to address the problem, when confronting our children timing is just as crucial. This is why we pray and ask God for wisdom to everything thing that we say or do that will leave a residue. Timing and wisdom are needed even when actions or words that have been spoken at church, we may not agree with. We need the wisdom to know whether it’s our emotions getting in the way, was it really intended to be an offense or if it was intended to be offensive how and when to confront the person or persons.
Wisdom is precious, it’s better than having gold or silver because when you have wisdom, it will teach you how to get the gold and the silver. Wisdom can open doors that money can’t buy, wisdom can bring peace in a chaotic situation, wisdom can exclude words that shouldn’t be spoken that we can’t be retrieved, wisdom can eliminate problems rather than being the problem. Wisdom will assist in who to befriended and who to keep out, wisdom is crucial in every area of decision-making, and God will give us the wisdom we need when we ask for it.