Dear Sons and Daughters,
Perhaps the main reason most people don’t like snakes is that of their association with evil and the fact that the devil used the serpent in the garden of Eden to tempt Adam and Eve. I don’t like snakes and my apologies to snake lovers everywhere, but in my humble opinion, the only good snake is a dead snake. Nevertheless, there are things we can learn from snakes. Jesus said that we should “be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). The word “shrewd” in Greek means practically wise or sensible.
Pastor Rick Renner wrote the following:
“One particular aspect we can learn from the serpent’s behavior is the importance of timing. This is so key to fulfilling any assignment that God may give us because knowing when to act is as important as knowing when to lay low. For a serpent, this knowledge is key to its very survival. When prey passes before the serpent, it instinctively knows when [it’s] time to strike. If it waits too long, the opportunity will pass irretrievably, and the serpent will go hungry. So, what can you learn from the serpent in this arena? When it’s time for you to act, you must put aside all fears, emotions, and second-guessing – and seize the moment!”
Timing is everything! Most believers never seize the moment because they are preoccupied with what they see! They only see the impossible, the hardship, the problem and the lack. That is because they do not look at their situation through the eyes of faith. However, we must look through the eyes of faith because they allow us to see what our physical eyes cannot see.
My dear children, this is what I want you to learn about timing, there is a time for hardship and difficulties. As the Scripture says, “For momentary, light affliction.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NASB). Every hardship, difficulty, and affliction will have its moment within the permissive will of God for your life, and Romans 8:28 says that He uses it for your benefit. After every moment of affliction, there is a season of blessings and deliverance. You just need to discern the change in the season.
Beloved, there is a change in the season! God looked on the children of Israel and said it’s time to act: “He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.” Exodus 2:25 (NLT) God is now working on your behalf, and since He is working on your behalf, I declare that your long season of hardship, difficult and affliction is over!
Please note that while God was acting on their behalf, the children of Israel were still living in slavery; however, God had begun the process of their deliverance. Like them, the process of deliverance has started for us. God will use the process to bring us out stronger and wealthier.
My dear children, stay in the process until God brings you out! Until the breakout occurs, remember to praise and stay faithful in the process.
From My Heart!