14 The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all [who are] bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD [is] righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18 The LORD [is] near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Pay particular attention to the phrase "in due season".
What does it mean when the Bible speaks of "due season.?"
Due in the dictionary means:
Payable immediately or on demand
Owed as a debt or right
Meeting a special requirement
Anticipated or looked for
Capable of being attributed
A "due season" is a set anticipated time of Promise.
It is a season you are expecting and longing for.
Children can't wait for Christmas to come because of their excitement for that time of year.
They are hoping for something and they are so driven for that special thing they want, nothing else matters to them.
We as Christians have a similar excitement about the promises of God in our lives.
The more you understand who you are in Jesus Christ the more driven you are for the promises God has made you. Then you can fulfill who you are in the Body of Christ.
What makes a season "Due" is the promises that God has made.
When you have something that is "due" it started as a promise.
You promise to pay a bill on a specific day. That day is your "due date".
Your due season is an anticipated time your promise will manifest.
When the Lord makes us a promise, that promise is placed in a due season for the Lord to make it happen. He may or may not make the time known, but be assured a "due date" has been assigned to that promise and it will be fulfilled.
2Corinthians 1:20 "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of god through us."
In all of creation only mankind has a difficult time accepting their due seasons.
In Psalm 104 King David is praising the Lord for creation and God's providence over the earth. David describes different elements of God's wonder in each part of creation. He tells how God works to fulfill the needs of all that God has made.
In verse 27 David proclaims, "These all wait for you. That you may give them their food in due season." Isn't it interesting that in the fulfilling process God has put in place in the creation, man questions this process with impatience and anxiety.
Does the oceans have a problem waiting on the tide, or difficulty accepting how the waves will move?
Does the clouds become angry because they cannot move over there, or in this certain place, but their movement is determined by the wind?
Can a mountain or valley choose to become higher or lower?
Does a wild animal complain when there is no rain or his food supply is dwindled down?
Does the grass or a stock of corn choose when it will be eaten by the cattle or does the field of wheat complain when it will be harvested?
Does a tree keep back its sap or change the time when its leaves fall off?
Even the moon has been given appointed times for tide and control of the seasons.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 declares that there is a time for every purpose under heaven.
Yet man feels he has the right to make demands or complain and accuse God for the inconvenience of his seasons.
Wouldn't it be strange if one year we decided to have Christmas in May or June;
Or have Halloween on Veteran's Day?
What about having Spring Break in February and everyone was on the beaches in bathing suits and going to the amusement parks in heavy coats to keep from being cold?
Would it be strange if we decided to have Resurrection Sunday on Black Friday?
I am not trying to be silly of nontraditional, but how confused would people be if we mixed up seasonal celebrations? What if we went snowmobiling in August?
As silly as it is to go snowmobiling in August and not be willing to wait unit the snows come in winter, it is just as silly to want God to work his Due Season in you before it is time.
It would be like expecting you to graduate from college before you went to high school.
Would you want a person to operate on you before the went to medical school?
We have to be careful to not want God to manifest his promises to us before we are ready.
We must not allow our fears and impatience to overcome our faith.
Instead we have to allow our faith to encourage us to not fear.
We have to allow our faith to turn fear into trust;
Turn unknown into believe;
Turn impatience into calm expectation that God is working in us so we are ready for his promises when it is our due season.
In Due Time.
The Bible says in Romans 5:6 that "In due time Christ died for the ungodly."
Aren't we glad that in God's timing we have Christ coming.
This was a set anticipated time of promise.
It was necessary that the events and conditions of society existed like they did so Jesus was rejected like he was in order for him to be put on a cruel cross and die as God's sacrifice for sin.
Israel had been waiting for the fulfillment of these prophecies since Abraham. The timing for the Christ had to be set in just the right mindset before God would manifest his son in human flesh, in its due season.
The Bible says, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons."[Galatians 4:4-5].
It does not stop here because the Bible also says, "Therefore humble yourselves under the might and of God, that He might exalt you in due time" [1Peter 5:6].
In God's due season, His due time of promises He will exalt you.
If God has made a promise to do something He has placed a due season on it!
He has promised you will be exalted if you humble yourself under Him, and He will exalt you in his due time.
I am sure when Joseph had to place his wife in a staple as she was about to have the baby any moment; I'm sure he did not think this was fulfilling the promise of God concerning his son. This baby was from the lineage of the Kings of Judah. He might have been thinking, "Look how far the kings of Judah has fallen in the twenty-eight generations since David, that the next person in the royal generations had to be born in a place for animals."
But I say to you that no birthplace has been more celebrated than this stable.
We may not be presenting it the same way it was that night, but there has never been a more precious, more loved, or more important birthplace in all of mankind's history than that stable.
Joseph humbly placed his wife in the stable,
He humbly laid his new born son in a feeding trough and in due time, this stable and Joseph's son was exalted to be greater than any place and any person that has ever been born.
The Desires of Your Heart.
The promise that God makes in Psalm 145:19 is twofold.
There is the promise of a due season and there is a promise to fulfill the desires of those who fear him. He will hear their cries and He will save them from their situations.
God is not going to leave you where you are!
He will save you from your need and He will give you the desires of your heart!
He has appointed a time to fulfill this promise, it has a due season.
Your due season is coming. . .just do not faint!. . Don't lose heart. . .Hold on!. . Don't give up!
GOD WILL PAY UP, HE IS GOOD ON HIS PROMISES!
He won't be late!
He won't come up shorthanded!
It will not be a partial payment!
He will save you and keep you!
He will keep you safe!
He saved my House.
In September 2007 my wife and I had brought her parents to our home so we could care for them. Her mother had just went through the horrific ordeal of losing the bottom half of her left leg due to diabetes and her father was in his late 80's and too old to care for them. Their needs were so great it took both my wife and I to care for them.
I asked the Lord what he wanted us to do and he told me that we were to care for them and He promised me He would provide what we needed, just be sure to care for them in this time of their lives. Of course we were more than happy to do all we could for them. So we closed our business that was providing for our living, we transformed our house to be compatible for their specific handicaps, and we became permanent care givers for my wife's parents.
We ran out of money in six months and was unable to pay on our mortgage. Before this we had never been behind or late on any of our payments. This was the same time the Housing Market in the United States was experiencing the worst decline in American history. People were foreclosing on their homes in record amounts. The ripple effects of this decline caused a panic that crippled the mortgage industry for many years. After we became $10,000 behind on our payments we received a foreclosure notice from our mortgage company.
The Lord had promised me he would supply our needs so I went to the Lord and asked him what should I do. He told to me trust Him, it was already taken care of. My wife and I prayed together that night before the foreclosure was to be final. We told the Lord we trusted him in whatever he wanted us to do concerning the house. The next morning we received a phone call from the mortgage company. I was expecting them to give us instructions about leaving the property and tell us a schedule for moving out. Instead they made us an offer that as long as we would stay in the house they would forgive the $10,000 late charges, making our account current, lower the payment and interest rate and give us two more months before the new arrangements would begin. They asked if this was agreeable to me. I started crying and said, "Of course, Yes, Thank you!" From that time until now the Lord has worked out everything we needed to take care of these two wonder people. They are both in heaven now and we did what the Lord wanted done for them. God's due season for our house was paid in full that day and has continued to be maintained month after month, by his faithfulness.
The situation you are going through right now has a "due season" to it!
It has an expected point of time that will become "due".
God has promised it to you through His word and he has stamped it with his faithfulness.
If you do not faint (loose heart) you will reap what you have sown into your promises from God.
Sowing God's Promises
The passage in Galatians 6:9 is preceded by verse 7 which says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."
If you want to reap God's promises you have to sow into them.
You cannot receive promises from God and put them in a safe place, expecting them to manifest.
This is why the Word says, "whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap."
If you will receive the Promises of God in your life with faith, sowing, doing, acting on His promises, and sow without losing heart, without becoming wearing. . .then one day your due season is going to come around.
Ways to Sow into God's Promises.
Use the Word of God to prepare the ground.
Use the Word of God to grow in knowledge and passion concerning your promise.
Grow in the knowledge of who you are in Christ by using the Word.
Grow in your passion for the promises God is showing you by using the Word.
Psalm 145:19 says he will fulfill your desires. He will let you reap your passion as you grow in what God has you doing.
Psalm 119:105 The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Use the Word to prepare the ground of God's promises.
Plant the seeds of your promise.
Speak and command your day.
Every morning command out of your mouth the promises of God are Yes and Amen.
Command out of your mouth what you will do to fulfill that which you are expecting from the promises of God.
Live in a way that shows the promises of God in you.
Water the seeds of your promise.
Use your anticipation to change the world for you and all those you are around.
Because you are excited about the promises of God in your life you have joy unspeakable, and you excel in all that you put your hand to do.
You are all things for him who energizes you, Philippians 4:13.
Live as though you have an appointed time for a "due season".
God is not going to pick someone that does nothing to do something.
He is going to use someone that has done something to accomplish much.