How many times have you heard people say “I was at the right place at the time” How many testimonies have you heard beginning or ending with that sentence? The truth is a lot of success has being attributed to the phrase above, but what does it really mean? Is there really a right place for anything? Can’t God bless anyone, anywhere and at anytime? Are people just plain lucky to be at the right place at the time?
Let’s dissect this sentence scripturally, for the wisdom it holds.
We will begin from the beginning, with a look into the life of the father of faith, Abraham. In Genesis 12 vs. 1 God gave Abraham a very clear instruction. “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” What God had planned for Abraham, who at this point in his life had no children, or any measurable success; was to make him the father of nations, God’s plan for Abraham was to prosper him, until he became a source blessing to all. In verse 2 of that scripture, God said, “I will make you a great nation, I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be blessing.”
So why, did Abraham have to move to be blessed? Why did God not bless Abraham in his father’s house, family, and country where he was accustomed to the lifestyle? The answer is; Abraham was not at the place appointed for the release of these blessings.
It is not that God despised Abram’s family or country… NO. Rather, our work with God is on a personal level, a one-on-one encounter; God expects an individual commitment from each of us and not the group effort. So for Abraham to fulfill his destiny, he had to move from where he was, into the place God appointed for him! God called Abraham alone, just as he called you…alone; to walk before him at the appointed place in Faith
Now Abraham has found his appointed place, but he is still without a son, Sarah was still “barren”, and he was still far from being all that God has promised he would be.
Why? – Because though Abraham was in the appointed place, he had to wait for his appointed time. In Ecclesiastes 3 vs. 1, the preacher said, “To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Genesis 18 vs. 14 says, “I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Finding the appointed place is not all; the true test is waiting in place for your appointed time. The true test of your faith is your patience.
How long can you wait for God at the place he promised to meet you. I will return to you and you will have…says the Lord of Host, but do you trust God enough to continue to believe His word, regardless of what the circumstances around you dictates? Do you trust Him enough to wait at the appointed place, for your appointed time? Being at the right place at the right time is not luck! It is absolute obedience and trust in God. Romans 4 vs.20-21, says this about Abraham, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Psalm 27 vs. 14 says, “Wait on the lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait I say, on the Lord!”
Remember, Hebrews 10 vs. 37 says “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and not tarry.” This year is the year of Good News; let this Word mix with faith inside you. This is the year you have been waiting for; your best year yet… says the Lord. But you must be at the appointed place when your time comes.