" The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized during the lifetime of the opportunity." (Leonard Ravenhill).
God wants us to understand and interpret our times so we can prosper in every season, and have wisdom to advance. God is beyond time, but because of His love for us He reaches down and intervenes in time. A big part of walking in God's blessings involves seeing time from God's perspective and how His cycles operate. When God is ending one season and beginning another, or He is taking us through transition, He has to end or bring to death some old seasons. The tribe of Issachar understood time and could interpret the Word of God in time. They knew how certain structures had to end so that the new season that God had in place could begin.
"Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundreds; and all their kinsmen were at their command."
(1 Chronicles 12:32)
Throughout the Bible there are many accounts of folks taking hold of their windows of opportunity:
✪ Genesis 8:4-6, - "On the seventeenth day of the seventeenth month, the ship landed on the Ararat mountain range. The water kept going down until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains came into view. After forty days Noah opened the window that he had built into the ship."
✪ In the battle to hand Saul's kingdom over to David in accordance with God's word, many came to take hold of their window of opportunity.
1 Chronicles 12:23-37 - "From Judah, carrying shield and spear, 6,800 battle-ready; from Simeon, 7,100 stalwart fighters; from Levi, 4,600, which included Jehoiada leader of the family of Aaron, bringing 3,700 men and the young and stalwart Zadok with twenty-two leaders from his family; from Benjamin, Saul’s family, 3,000, most of whom had stuck it out with Saul until now; from Ephraim, 20,800, fierce fighters and famous in their hometowns; from the half-tribe of Manasseh, 18,000 elected to come and make David king; from Issachar, men who understood both the times and Israel’s duties, 200 leaders with their families; from Zebulun, 50,000 well-equipped veteran warriors, unswervingly loyal; from Naphtali, 1,000 chiefs leading 37,000 men heavily armed; from Dan, 28,600 battle-ready men; from Asher, 40,000 veterans, battle-ready; and from East of Jordan, men from Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, heavily armed, 120,000."
✪ Isaiah 54:12 – “And I will make thy windows of gates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.”
I have had many windows of opportunity open for me:
My Baptism of Love in Toronto, October 2003
Received Cuba as an inheritance (Psalm 2:7-8), June 2004
Meeting Leif Hetland, October 2006
Becoming a daughter of Leif’s, September 2008
Becoming the Senior Pastor at FFCC, August 2014
Sworn-in as a Chaplain for the Newark Police Department April 14, 2017
We all have a window of opportunity! As individuals YOU have windows of opportunity opening up for you!
Are you going to take hold and step through YOUR window of your opportunity?