Ecc 3: 11 reads;
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has placed eternity in men's hearts
and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy, yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end]
Acts 759And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Acts 81And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Saul by his own admission was zealous for God, but his zeal was without knowledge. Remember our opening scripture Ecc 3: 11 the b. clause says, He has planted eternity in mens hearts and minds [a distinctly planted sence of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy]
No doubt Saul felt that God wanted to use him. He was full of zeal but because he did not have knowledge of God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, he stepped ahead of God and began to move according to his own plan and purpose. By doing this he found himseldf fighting against God
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
You would think that Saul was an enemy of God and unfit to be used. Contrary to Saul's actions God's plan was to use him. He was ahead of God's timing for his life because of his zeal.
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Saul had a sense of purpose, he ran ahead of God's time, and literally caused men and women to be put to death. Wow, think on that for a minute. This shows us how important it is to be in synchrony with God; not a second ahead of time or a second behind time but on God's set time, God's perfect time.
Moses also had a sense of purpose and stepped out ahead of his time and killed an Egyptian. He then becomes a fugitive and spends forty years in obscurity hidden on the backside of the desert.God will hide you in obscure places to help you avoid the dangers of premature exposure. While He hides you He prepares you as He did Joash the child King, see II Kings Chapter 11 and II Chronicles Chapter 22.
Jonah ran away from his purpose and appointment with destiny, causing himself and those around him great distress. He also went to hell!
King James Version (KJV)
2And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
After Jonah cried out to God from his hell experience, God heard him and gave him a second chance. Maybe you need to stop right now and cry out to God. He will give you another chance. He will also give you supernatural strength to make up for lost time.
1And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying...
Did you miss His voice the first time? Or did you run the other way? Well just repent! He will speak to you again when you repent!
Obey God and enter into His rest.
To be continued
Cloaked, Positioned, Hidden and Revealed