While I was having my quiet time yesterday, this Scripture in 2 Corinthians 6:2 jumped at me;
“For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
God has a set time for all of us. There is a time when things will just begin to work out for you and you won’t be able to explain it. There will be a time where you will be extraordinarily favoured even when you do not go the extra mile.
Before this time comes however, they will be a time when it feels like God is silent. You pray and pray but it’s like He is not listening at all. Life appears difficult and it doesn’t seem to get better. At such a time, you may feel weary or you may even feel like giving up completely.
I’ve been through that season; the season that everything seems to be stagnant. You must be careful how you treat this season because it has an impact on your breakthrough season.
The Bible says there is a season for everything and a time for every activity under heaven. I believe that the season where we do not hear from God is the season where we need to sow seeds and keep planting.
There was a period in my life where nothing was happening. For six months, I had no job and no real source of income. I got money here and there; from church and sometimes friends but it wasn’t something I could depend on.
I had to deal with the fact that my classmates had high-flying careers while I was more or less jobless. They were driving the best cars while I was doing ‘leggedes benz’ up and down. I remember one day that I was walking on the road and someone I went to uni with pulled up beside me and asked me where I was going. I felt embarrassed. I had walked a long distance that day, it was hot and I was quite tired. My friend gave me a ride and took me to the place I was looking for but there was a sinking feeling in my heart.
That happened over and over again. Peers waving at me when I’m at the bus stop or I’m on a bike. Over the years, I have learnt to be thankful. So instead of complaining to God, I always thank Him for what I have as I confess that I have my own car.
I eventually got a part-time job, and then I started getting more writing gigs but for a year and a half, it really wasn’t anything extra large. I moved from not being able to pay my bills to being able to take care of my bills and also my family’s bills. I remained thankful still as I made the leap.
While things are not where I want them to be yet, they are definitely getting better. Somehow, people that I have not spoken to in years are remembering me and presenting with great opportunities. Now, I am managing social media for brands I could have only dreamed about years ago.
Yes, there is a favourable time when God aligns everything to work in your favour but there is a part that you have to play. You must be diligent and you must be patient. I always tell people not to run ahead of God no matter how tough things may be.
God doesn’t just bless people anyhow. He doesn’t waste resources. He will not bless you with one million naira if you haven’t been faithful with one thousand naira.
So where you are right now, are you diligent? How are you managing the little that you have? Are you thankful? Are you joyful? These things are important. I believe God favours those who have gone through the process and are prepared. If you are mediocre right now, favour may not come and even when it comes, you may mishandle it.
It’s good to desire God’s favour but it is better to prepare for it. Start where you are and as you remain faithful, God will take you to where you ought to be.