A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
I n this time of spiritual transition, the Church should always be seeking God to find His timing. Believers and particularly those who are in ministry should find out what times and seasons they live in, for there are certain times that certain things are to be spoken. A word spoken out of season brings more confusion than blessing, but a word spoken in season brings joy and clarity.
The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.
When we walk in the spirit, we have the ability to speak the correct words at the correct time. The right words at the right time will refresh, rearrange, and encourage those who hear. That is our purpose. The right timing of God will produce an atmosphere in which we can release the revelation inside of us. But if we speak out in the wrong timing, our words produce a counter-reaction in the hearts and minds of the people.
When a believer speaks and delivers a revelation at the right time, it spreads like wildfire. Many people speaking true words from God have gone through unnecessary persecution because the person delivering the message didn’t understand the proper timing. Even a true word, given at the wrong time, can do much damage.
One thing believers must learn is how to know when a word is in season. So many just hear something and run with it, causing a negative reaction everywhere they go. Those people need an understanding of time. Just because we have a “word” doesn’t mean it is to be delivered at that exact moment.
On the other hand, many believers and ministries live in frustration because they try to analyze the timing of God through public opinion, intellect, or organization. As a result, they wear themselves out physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The ministry suddenly becomes a dreaded chore, followed by disillusionment and sin. Some have even left the ministry, feeling exhausted and seared. We need to know when to move and when to rest. Faith is now, but godly results are birthed from accurate timing.
The sign of a mature Christian is his ability to walk accurately in God’s timing. A young Christian is characterized by his mistakes with timing. That does not mean he is in deep trouble; it simply means he is in a learning process.
When I was learning this, I would get a message in my heart and hold it. It was so much inside of me that I would stand in front of my mirror and speak it out to myself! When you have a strong message inside of you, it is alive, almost like a baby. It is “kicking” and moving, and you want it to come forth and be born. You begin to say, “When is it going to be time?” If you are not careful, the message can become an irritation to you instead of a blessing.
But when that message inside of me came out in God’s timing, it was wonderful! It went all over the country when I preached it because I hit the right time with it. Revelation must be released in accuracy of time. Everything the Holy Spirit gives you belongs in a sequence of His timing.