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[Chapter 9] EXCELLENCY OF WISDOM BY BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO

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Chapter 9:
The Time Factor In Creativity
There will never be another now,
so make the best use of today.
There will never be another you,
so make the best of your life.”
(Robert Schuller)
God is a perfect timer. Everything He has arranged for has its own time.
He makes all things beautiful in their own time. Every plan of God has an
appointed time.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time…
Habakkuk 2:3
Every heaven–sent idea has a time tag. The moment the time for it passes,
it becomes unproductive. Going into action on an idea before or after its time
will only end up frustrating you.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1
A farmer who wants to be successful must watch the times and the
seasons. There is a time and season for every seed under heaven. If a seed is not
planted in its season, it does not produce. Every God–sent idea is a seed. It,
therefore, has its time tagged on it. Failure to execute it in its season will lead to its becoming unproductive.
You can only get the best out of life by being prompt in responding to the
dictates of your redeemed mind. This is the way to tap into its vast treasures.
Paul, while writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 said:
Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season.
The word, “instant” means prompt. For you to succeed in life you have to be

prompt in putting ideas given to you by God into action. Your convenience does
not matter. Stop pushing ideas off for another time. When an idea from God is
pushed off your mind, you end up killing it.
In July, 1989, the Lord said to me, “Son, arise, get out to Lagos and raise
Me a people.” I kept on hearing this all day long and by that afternoon, I acted.
This was God’s timing and within one month, the branch of this ministry kicked
off in Lagos. God supplied all the requirements because that was the appointed
time for it.
Doing what you have to do at the time appointed for it is wisdom. Action
delayed leads to frustration. A beautiful picture of the consequences of delayed
action is portrayed in Songs of Solomon 5:2–7:
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that
knocketh, saying, open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my
undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the
drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I defile them?
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels
were moved for him. I rose up to open to my beloved; and my
hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling
myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself,
and was gone: my soul failed when he spake; I sought him, but I
could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. The
watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they
wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
Jesus is the one knocking at the door and His voice is an instruction. He is
knocking at the door of your mind, giving you an instruction, an idea. You are
His beloved. He knocked but at first the beloved refused to act. She delayed.
When she finally obeyed, it was too late. Jesus had gone.
The time for that idea to be productive has passed. Her going out to look
for Him ended up in her being manhandled by the watchmen. The keepers of
the gate took away her veil. Her glory was removed and lost forever. This is
what you get when you fail to act promptly.
Timing is very important in God’s programme. He is always knocking at
your door with one idea or the other. You have to get up and act promptly so He
does not leave you alone without ideas. Responding promptly to divine
nudgings gets God into action.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found. Call upon Him while He

Wood cannot sharpen iron. Look for another sound mind to share ideas
with. Make friends with wise men and you will be wise, you will grow from
strength to strength, enjoying God’s eternal blessings.

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