A blessing given at the wrong time can be a curse if you aren’t ready for it. God knows what we truly need and what we can really handle.
How often do we ask for things from God and He doesn’t deliver? A promotion at work, or maybe “Mr. or Mrs. Right” in our lives? When I was a young boy, I wanted to have super powers. I prayed and prayed, but still no super powers. I thought God didn’t hear me or maybe didn’t love me. Maybe I hadn’t been good enough?
None of those reasons are the case. God loves us and He hears our prayers, every one of them, but He’s also smart enough to know when we would be capable of receiving those things. He will always give an answer, it’s just that sometimes that answer is a “no” or maybe a “not right now.”
Some things can be blessings for a time and then a curse for the rest of the time. Think of a baby in a crib. It’s all nice and soft, but if it stays there all of its life, the baby would never develop into the adult it’s supposed to be.
On the other hand, if you give that baby a knife, a fork, and some steak, that baby oils only hurt itself and would never get the nourishment it needs. You may think, “A steak is tasty, lots of protein for growing muscles, but why isn’t my baby getting bigger?” That steak is not what the baby needs at that stage of development. It needs milk and soft foods to grow.
That same thought process can be applied to every realm of our lives. Take, for instance, our Christian journey. The Apostle Paul says in 1st Corinthians that he first “fed” his brethren on “milk” because they were not yet ready for “solid food.” Now these things weren’t actually milk and food; Paul was referring to the scriptures. God does the same thing with us.
God’s revelation is a living thing. We get what we are ready to receive. God knows us and He gives us what we are ready to hear. If He were to reveal all of His plan to us, we could not handle it. We would have to have the mind of God to understand God’s ways. I like the Bible says, God’s ways are so far above our ways, as the heavens are above the earth.
For that matter, somethings are hidden from us to be more of a blessing later on. Think of Christmas time. Your parents buy you some gifts but don’t let you have them until Christmas morning. If they just gave you everything whenever, those presents wouldn’t be special anymore. It would just be another day. However, there is anticipation and excitement that is built around seeing those pretty packages underneath the Christmas tree. Finally, when you get to open it up on Christmas morning, it’s almost explosive.
God’s revelation is just that same way. It is a gift of just what we need and when we need it for our lives. If we believe in His son, Jesus Christ, who shed His blood upon the cross to take away our sins, we will be gifted the greatest gift ever known. Eternity in Heaven, in peace and joy unexpressable.
We sometimes ask what life is all about and what tomorrow holds. God has revealed everything to us that we need to know for all of our life and our salvation. He gives us fresh revelation every day that we ask, but it will be our daily bread to live by. Every chapter and every verse holds exactly what we need to today, if we are willing to hear it.
From the silence of eternity, God spoke only one word. Jesus. He has nothing more to say. The right word at the right time.
God’s blessings to you.