“I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
Timing is everything. When playing sports, a coach can call any play he wants to call, but making the right call at the right time can make or break the outcome of the game. For instance, a coach can choose to make an onside kick at any time, but making the decision at the right time can change the momentum of the game or seal the game’s outcome.
Though life is not a game, making the right decisions determines what life becomes. People have to choose who to marry and the right timing to get married. Business owners have to choose whether or not to expand and when to expand. Pastors make critical decisions about starting a ministry in their church, and they have to make decisions about whether they should build a building. Decisions are made all the time, but three things will determine the outcome of your decisions.
First, making a decision in the right season is critical to the outcome of a decision. Life has stages, and choosing to miss a stage will hurt your decision. There are seasons to everything, and being sure that you don’t avoid one season will determine whether someone is ready for those decisions. For instance, it is foolish for a young person to decide who they are going to marry while they are still in school because they are still a teenager. A teenager needs to focus on the season they are in instead of trying to enjoy the next season. The decision you want to make may be the right decision, but it will become the wrong decision if you don’t make it in the right season. Be careful not to run ahead of life, but make sure your decisions don’t cause you to miss an important season. Always understand that each season is a time of growth, and if you miss a season, you will miss a time of growth you will need later on in life.
Second, the right purpose is critical to every decision. Purpose is essential to determining the right timing for the decision. You must ask yourself what is the purpose of your decision? Your purpose for every decision should agree with the Scriptures. The purpose of the decision often dictates whether the decision needs to be made. If the purpose of your decision is about you, your purpose is wrong. If your purpose for a decision is about doing what is right for the LORD, you are on the right track to making the right decision. Always make sure your purpose of a decision is in agreement with the Scriptures.
Third, timing is imperative to every decision. Verse 1 says that there is “a time to every purpose under the heaven:” In the verse above, God makes it clear there is a time for every purpose or decision that needs to be made. Doing the right thing at the right time is critical to how much God can bless it. There are many people who married the right person at the wrong time, which caused them to struggle through the early years of marriage because they were not ready for marriage. If you are not ready for what you are about to do, even if it is the right thing to do, you should probably wait until you are ready. Making right decisions at the wrong time has hindered many from accomplishing what the right decision could have accomplished if it was made at the right time. If you will keep your purpose, season, and timing right in your decisions, you will find your decisions will have the greatest impact for good.