How to Make the Most of God’s Timing

Right now, you may be in God’s appointed time of waiting, resting, fast-paced growth, or being launched into a new assignment.

Perhaps you are experiencing some challenges.

No matter what is happening, you can know without a shadow of a doubt that you are in the hands of a loving Father.

Hear Him say over you, ‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (Isaiah 49:16)


6 Ways to Make the Most of God’s Timing for Your Life

1. Know Your Father Goes Ahead of You

‘You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.’ (Psalm 139:4b-5a, TPT)

You may find yourself in a time of boredom, or difficulty, or even in a chaotic season where everything is happening at a fast pace!

Regardless of what challenges or changes you are facing, you can rest secure in God’s timing.

The One Who loves you has gone before you, and He will never leave you. He has already provided for you ahead of time.

Right now, receive the fresh anointing God has for you. Even if you are in a trial, you can anticipate the overflow of His Spirit and Presence.

‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ (Psalm 23:5, NIV)


2. Identify and Embrace Your ‘Now’ Season

‘He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest.’ (John 15:2, TPT)

Jesus spoke to His disciples about seasons of pruning for greater fruitfulness. During a pruning season, the fruit of our life or ministry is scarce and branches (opportunities) are fewer in number.

  • This means, God has appointed times it feels like not much is happening.

The seasons of God can also include different assignments and each is significant in its own way. For example, before the Apostle Paul began his missionary journeys, he spent time in Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and had a season of teaching at Antioch (Acts 13:1).

Never feel as though your current assignment or season is less important than your ultimate calling.

Where you are right now in God’s timing matters!
Your relationships, family, location, work, ministry—all are valuable to your Heavenly Father.


3. Realize God’s Timing Allows for Periods of (Fruitful) Trial

‘His feet were bruised by strong shackles and his soul was held by iron. God’s promise to Joseph purged his character until it was time for his dreams to come true.’ (Psalm 105:18-19, TPT)

Just as God did with Joseph, He is still at work in your life during a trial. He is strengthening your faith, building your endurance, and wooing you into an intimate relationship with Him.

Joseph had to wait for an influencer to remember him (Gen 40:23). And just as Joseph did, one of the tests you will face is this:

God’s timing for your life will involve other people.

Be assured that your Father is not only preparing you, He is also at work behind the scenes, positioning people and making the way ready.

In this, you can trust the sovereignty of God’s timing and His faithfulness. The God who used people to open prison doors for Joseph to rise and rule a nation, is your God.

At the right time, the Holy Spirit will move on the hearts and minds of others, to bring them into agreement with God’s season for your life.


4. Understand Your Sense of Timing may be Different to God’s

Moses thought it was God’s timing to deliver Israel when he was in his prime physically. And yet God waited until he was 80 years old, lacked confidence and must have felt every opportunity was lost. (Ex 2:11-15)

  • And at that very point, God called on Moses to lead a nation out of slavery.

So don’t ever give up.

During the space between God’s promise and its fulfilment, your faith is being tested.

No matter what happens, remember that God is your loving Father and He has his own timetable.


5. Be Aware that when it’s God’s Time to Act, He can Move Swiftly

‘While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.’ (Acts 13:2-3, NIV)

When it is God’s timing to release you into a new season, no matter how long you have waited, or how impossible it seems, He can open doors very quickly.

If you have felt that change is overdue, and that you have somehow become stuck in a status quo in your personal growth, your walk with God or your situation, be encouraged today!

Right at the point your ‘status quo’ seems to have become permanent, your Father says, ‘I am bringing a new normal. I am tipping you into a new season!’


6. Ask God to give You Wisdom and Insight into His Timing

‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ (Psalm 90:12, NIV)
Time is scarce, and every moment of your life on earth is a gift from God.

No matter what is happening, it is always God’s time for you to exercise His authority and be who you are—His beloved son or daughter.

You can be like the sons of Issachar, of whom the Bible says, ‘understood the times and knew what Israel should do.’ (1 Chron 12:32)

Your Father is waiting to give you wisdom about His timing, all you need to do is ask, believe and receive it.

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.’ (James 1: 5, NIV)


Which of the above points about God’s timing do you most relate to right now? Which challenges you the most? Leave a comment on Facebook or in the comment section below.


© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

31 thoughts on “How to Make the Most of God’s Timing

  1. Sharon

    Greetings Helen

    All three points are in my season, but point 2 is outstanding I repent recently and was anointed as an Prophetic Intercessor by my Spiritual Father and since I was confused whether I’m in a correct calling or I don’t know the difference between prayer warrior and intercessor
    I’m so glad for your teachings it helps me a lot.

    Blessings
    Sharon

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Sharon, I pray God’s blessing on your ministry in prayer – it’s ok to be unsure how to define your ministry or calling – we’re all on a journey and this can take time. Prayer warrior and intercessor can be the same. An intercessor prays on behalf of another or others (‘stands in the gap’) and a prayer warrior may do this also -‘warrior’ implies waging spiritual warfare as needed. ‘Prayer warrior’ is also a general term often used for an intercessor or someone for whom prayer is a significant part of his or her ministry.
      I’m glad you’ve found the teaching helpful 🙂

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  2. Tracy

    I feel like the every word was speaking to me, because I have been in this resting period that God has me in right now and I can’t help but to feel boredom a lot of times. I recently lost my father in March two weeks before my b-day and he was 69yrs old and would have been 70 this past July. I also lost my mother last August who was 68. I was a caregiver to both of them for the last five years. I was lead by the spirit of God to resigned from my job working in Radiology for 19yrs. to take care of my mother and not soon after she died I had to take care of my father.
    So, in all said I’ve been asking when God, when is my break through coming, when will the prophetic words that were spoken over my life manifest in my life. I have a healing, and prophetic ministry in me, an intercessory gift and I’m a Seer.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Tracy, that’s a lot of tough things in a short time. I’m praying for you right now, agreeing for you to experience a shift, and receive a fresh wind of encouragement and anointing. <3

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    2. Lilian Ochieng

      Tracy, one truth for sure is that all temptations that God has allowed to come to us are common to man, He (God) will not allow us to be tempted beyond the strength He has given us for He is able to make a way for us to escape in case in His wisdom He realizes that the trials are to much for us (1 Corinthians 10:13). Thank God my sister/brother that your faith is strong and God in His wisdom saw that even if the devil has asked Him permission to bring this destruction to you, you will overcome. God is proud of you that you are an over-comer. So, just hold on a little bit, He is going to reward you for your faithfulness just as He did to Job.

      Am writing these out of experience. God marked me for a great ministry immediately He anointed me with His Spirit in the year 2000. When prophesies came afterwards that my ministry is big, I rejoiced. But unfortunately, God reveals to us the ultimate goal as He did to Joseph, but does not tell us how we will be throne in pits, become houseboys, meet Potiphar’s wife and end up in a prison for some years. So, when these things come our way, we get drained and tired. My own experience has been tough, in fact I usually identify myself with prophet Jeremiah (a weeping prophet) for I have cried a lot because of what I have gone through in life. For instance, last year alone, I was drugged and lost a lot of property in March; then in July when I was driving my car, I rolled with it, the vehicle was spoiled but God gave His Angels charge concerning me and in their hands they ensured that I did not dash my foot against a stone (I was not hurt even a little bit) (Matthew 4:6); then a month afterwards (August) my mother who was 59 yrs and my only parent/greatest friend/everything/anchor passed on.

      Tracy up to today am not yet where God Has repeatedly promised me to be but what keeps me going is the heavy presence of the Holy Spirit in my life and His powerful word that I continue to meditate on. So, encourage yourself in the Lord and continue moving on. The devil is not fighting your success but your potential (destiny). Your destiny is great. Don’t give up. You have already sacrificed a lot for your ministry. Continue with the race whatever what happens. God is faithful. He is not a man that He can lie. Whatever He has promised you, is coming. Remember, the bigger the ministry, the greater the examination/trials but also greater is the testimony. As the woman of God has said in this blog, let us allow God to bring out our character. AMEN

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      1. C

        Wow, Helen – thank you for sharing all of that! That is encouraging to me as well! I had a similar experience of God revealing GREAT things in how He was going to use me (and others) in 2014 and since then my (our) lives have been a lot like Joseph. I just heard this morning another prophetic word that encouraged along those same lines – Rejoice when your destiny is attacked or even held back by others who don’t believe it. We are in great company – most of the great people of the Bible went through the same – and the great work that God has started – and has PROMISED – will be done! Be encouraged, Lillian!

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  3. Sarah

    Hello Helen
    Thank you so much for this post on God’s timing. Your words have ministered to me. I really feel like God has turned his face from me. There are so many situations in my life and my family I cannot begin to list them down. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

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  4. Lanie

    Hi Sister Helen,I thank God in every Prophetic that you have mention is all happening to me in my Ministry,as I appointed to be a Leader of Prayer Warrior and I am facing challenges over my life but I was inspired by the word that you had given me,please Pray for my Ministry because of sone Difficulties we are facing,and its really dry and people are divided and there is no Unity,Sister help me Pray to stand in the Gap,and Please Pray for me Sister for the strength,and all my Group members will soak to the word of God and have boldness to Pray,thank you because I was bless from the new annointing,Godbless you you more my Sister Helen

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lanie, I’m sorry to hear of the struggles, prayer and intercession is so powerful and the enemy would stop it if he could. I pray you receive the keys that will heal and bring Heavenly insight and turn around for your group. May you be touched, refreshed, anointed in Jesus’ Name

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  5. Latrisha

    Hello Helen! May God bless you always! I am in this season of a new assignment and I feel stuck. I took a leap of faith in God for an assignment He told me to do. With it came challenges , but healing! I need guidance on what the Lord is saying about the person He has given me 10 years of dreams about because this was the reason for the assignment. I keep seeing a babygirl in the midst. Please keep me in prayer. This word was right on time in the Lord! Praise God and thank you for always being obedient in His word to share what He gives you!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Latrisha, praying for you right now, for the clarity you need in your prophetic assignment. And thank you 🙂

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  6. Rebecca Tompkins

    Hello Helen,

    Thank you for your blog! I am so encouraged by this particular post and really appreciate your ministry! As a seer, it is great to hear from another individual that understands and gives a comprehensive perspective of God’s word related to what we all go through. I am in this season of waiting and resting in Jesus, and being pruned. It is wonderful to experience His love through the Word. Thank you again for posting.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Rebecca

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Rebecca, I’m praying for you right now… pruning seasons have unique challenges, but I love the imagery, that the gardener’s hands are closest in those times than any other. He’s personally and intimately involved. <3

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  7. C

    Thank you Helen! God used you, once again, to confirm some things He has been speaking to me! I have been in a long, four-year “desert” time, after some powerful revelations and prophecies and confirmations of what God was going to do that came in spring of 2014. Those of us involved, especially me and one other person to whom the prophecies and revelations mostly related, were “led by the Spirit” into a very difficult season. But in it and through it, I have grown much, much closer in intimacy with Christ, I have matured and grown in character, I have grown in holiness – and God has been faithful to not be silent! He has continued to encourage me and confirm, over and over, that what He spoke four years ago will come to pass!

    Since July I have felt, and have had it confirmed over and over through many different sources, that this “dry” season is coming to an end, and that God is accelerating the end of it to bring me to the new season. The picture He gave me is that I am standing at a train station, waiting for the train to arrive (and I can see its light in the distance as it approaches). Jesus is standing next to me, excited and smiling, and he is adjusting my clothes and my hair, and beaming and how I look (spiritually) and how ready I am to take this journey.

    It is an exciting place to be, and all the points in your article confirm what He has been speaking to me in this journey. Thank you for your continued faithfulness! Your articles always bless me, and so often confirm His voice to me. God bless you!

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  8. Yoel Stuart

    Yet again …you always speak about issues that are in season and always on time
    God Bless your ministry with abounding goodness…………

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  9. Lilly

    Helen this really spoke to my heart! My husband and I are currently separated and he’s filing for divorce. We are going on 3 weeks of separation and living in different states. I don’t want a divorce and I currently am unemployed. My husband has backslidden and wants nothing to do with our church, Christian counseling and even the Lord to some degree. He has confessed to watching porn and drinking (he’s a recovered alcoholic). He’s been very difficult and speaking mean and hurtful things to me. He mocks me when I bring up the Lord. I’m definitely seeking the Lord and His timing and what and where I’m supposed to be. Currently I’m staying at a friends while my husband is in our home. Your prayers are welcomed!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lilly, I’m so very sorry to hear of that. I pray you will receive an outpouring of Father’s love and comfort as you take this break, and clarity as to your next steps. Romans 15:13 <3

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  10. Hope Mapoyi

    Thank you Helen. I am refreshed, i’m going through a tough time trying to understand God’s time upon my life especially my calling. Thank you for giving me sight by this teaching.

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  11. JOSEPH TAJEU KOISAMOU

    Thank you Helen for your insightful word of season that ignites our passion notwithstanding current negative experiences. Sister Helen since i had been receiving prophecies /prophetic words that GOD has called me into prophetic office with Healing ministry which normally keeps me very excited because whenever i watch a prophetic minister operating in gifts of revelation & power i feel fire & a deeper desire burn in me & keep asking GOD when will I mature into this coz by next year God willing i will turn fifty.Sometimes when apostles come to our local Church they prophesy to me that there is an apostolic mantle upon my life & this makes me abit confused so servant of GOD PRAY FOR ME TO HAVE CLARITY on my area of calling &for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be activated in my ministry and experience turn around breakthroughs in my life.GOD Bless your ministry so much & expand it into wider horizons .Shallom!!!

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  12. Molins

    I m just broken and finished from inside sorry to say but this the truth I can’t take anymore all alone, millions of tons of pressure on my heart mind n body. When Jesus will deliver I don’t know but I have hope in Him.
    Thanks for your a perfect letter I have many things to say but I can’t.
    Lord Jesus bless you and your
    Ministry in His abundance I pray Amen.

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  13. Elishamah

    Hello Madam Hellen.Thank you very much for all three prophetic messages. What you are saying in point 1& 3 is all of what we are experiencing current. Though we are waiting God`s time we are experience disagreement of which church ( denomination) to minister with, as we have to decide one of two options that is available. One doesn’t believe in prophetic but is the one that’s currently capable to accommodate us and the other we will need a lot of resource to run the ministry (though they do believe and embrace the prophetic ministry) We find it a challenge in making decision because taking care of our family and ministry is a challenge to us currently as we still young couples with two little kids to take care. I praying that God will give us a spirit of unity in making decision that is a head of us. please pray for us too.

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  14. Luwisha

    Dear Helen
    Thank you once more for touching everyone in your own unique way, all six points were really talking to me but 1, 3 and 6 were a stand out , Thank you for being obedient and we love you , I am praying for you and your ministry so that you continue to touch all four corners of the world
    May God truly bless you abundantly

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  15. Shane Bekker

    Which of the above points do you most relate to right now?

    Point number 4 is what really stands out to me at this time. This is especially because I have been in a place of lack of confidence, feeling like life is passing me by and not really seeing what is ahead, but sensing that I am in a transition to something new. I could guess at it, but it probably would be wise or helpful. The pruning is interesting. I pondered on the fact that sometimes we are not aware that God is pruning us until something really touchy affects us, usually related to our insecurity. What I have noticed now because of this blog is where I am at in the season (Thankyou Helen and Father God as well…great teamwork) and I have accepted where I am at because I need wisdom for the journey ahead; I am just pacing this out, hopefully patiently.

    Which challenges you the most?

    I think what challenges me the most is that there is a slight (maybe a bit more than slight) impatience, or an eagerness to get into the next season, to find out what I’ll be doing. It’s a bit like, “Come on…let’s get this thing happening.” However, the preparation for that season needs to be established now. Clarity for where I am at has me excited because I know that understanding why I am going where I am going is going to be easier to discern and also more meaningful. That ‘new normal’ is going to be interesting. Faith is rising.

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  16. Narbahadur Shrestha

    Heartily greeting Helen.
    I am inspired from your articles, I hope in future too you will send me like this articles. Helping me too much to grow in God.

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  17. Juwon

    I thank JESUS for bringing me across this posts..It has helped me during this time of waiting for me and my family..God bless you

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