The biblical story of “the 10 virgins” emphasized how the 5 wise virgins prepared for the long haul. One other thing to note about the story is that, even though the foolish virgins tried looking for oil when they needed it, it was already late. Their decision was not timely.

Friend, wisdom is 20% decision and 80% timing. This is why we need the grace of sensitivity to God’s timing for our lives and destiny (1 Chronicles 12:32). There is a difference between someone who decided to give his life to Christ at 17 and another who did at 71; the timing makes the difference. When decisions are delayed destiny is delayed and destiny delay is the devil’s delight.

It is one thing to have a great destiny, it is another thing to back it up with great decision. Actually, the size of your destiny is determined by the quality and promptness of your decision. In God, you have got a great destiny, but your timely decisions will move you into the fulfilment of the same (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

The life of Ephraim is instructive as far as destiny decision is concerned. By divine ordination, Ephraim was placed ahead of Manasseh for the prophetic blessing (Genesis 48:13-20). It is however sadden to know that Ephraim did not turn out well despite what God did on his behalf; his decision marred his destiny (Hosea 4:17, 9:13).

“Ephraim’s people will be in pain like a woman who is having a baby. They are very silly! They are like a child inside a woman. It is time for the child to come out. But the child does not come out at the right time” (Hosea 13:13). This was the undoing of Ephraim; he couldn’t make the right decision at critical moment in destiny.

What are the critical decisions for you at this time? It may be to recommit your life to God and live for Him. It could be to allow God access in your marital choice. For some, God might have been stirring your heart to go into ministry, full time. Whatever the decision is, you need to tap into divine wisdom to make it a timely one. You will succeed!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria