We always go through this drama with our younger daughter. She always likes to compare herself with her elder sister. Most times, we would gently tell her, “It’s not yet your time. Your own time is coming.” She would reluctantly give us a nod. But on a particular day, while trying to calm her down to wait for her time, she burst out; “When will it be my time?” I learnt a major lesson.

Friend, one of the hardest things to do in life is to wait (Isaiah 28:16). Like my younger daughter, preachers have told you that your time is coming. God has also assured you that your time is coming. But at times, you get to ask; “When will it be my time?” Sometimes, this question comes out of frustration. At other times, it comes out of curiosity. God has an answer for you.

Your time will come when your season comes. Listen, life is about times and seasons (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11). Seasons are purpose-determined and process-dependent. For Elizabeth, her time came when the season for God to birth His divine purpose in Christ came (Luke 1:36). No matter how much Elizabeth had prayed or queried her timing, she would never get pregnant until the time of Jesus’s birth was near.

Elizabeth was not barren. She was just purpose-in-waiting. Hannah was not barren. Her womb was only being preserved to birth a major prophet for God (1 Samuel 1:19-28). Like John the Baptist, your wilderness season is not a divine punishment. It is a divine preparation for your ultimate manifestation (Psalms 66:10-12, Luke 1:80).

Your time will come when you are ready for what God wants to do with and through you (Galatians 4:1-2). Most times, we think we are waiting for God, whereas God is the one waiting for us. When you are ready, God is ready. Rather than asking God when your time would come, ask God to show you where you need to get ready. The things of the kingdom are given based on growth, and growth is a process, not an event (Luke 2:40, 52).

Your time will come when the work of patience has been completed in you (James 1:4). God is using patience to do something in your life. He is using patience to teach you humility and contentment (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). God is using patience to preserve you from premature manifestation (Hosea 7:8). He is using patience to mature your faith (Hebrews 6:12, James 1:4). When you get to the stage of destiny, you would realise that patience is a virtue, not a curse (James 5:7-8). Your time will come!

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