Time To Refine

“This is GOD ’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

How often can many quote this scripture? “I know the plans that I have for you, to give you a future and a hope.” But I love The Message translation, because it contains the details that we all seek!

As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up…

Yes! That’s called process. It’s the process within the process. The process within the promise. The process within the plans that God speaks over you. And we all have to go through it. There is no shortcut, back door escape or way out of His plans! There just isn’t. And we can fool and disappoint ourselves when we forget “after the seventy years are up.” That is very important detail.

Now for Babylon it was seventy years. Maybe for you it’s seven years. Maybe mine is 17 years. Maybe someone is in a season where it is 7 months, days, etc. Whatever that may be just know we all have to go through what we are going through. It is always to refine us.

Refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process; improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory, or method) more subtle and accurate.

We must be ready. God is not going to fund our confusion. He is not going to give the keys to the car over in the hands of an infant. He will not bring you into a place that you are not ready to move in. So when those things hurt the most, we must comprehend that every removal is for improvements!

Now we are surely designed to withstand, but the very moment that we are taking on more of what He has planned is the moment that we can easily collapse. Don’t collapse while you wait for that plan to carry out.

Just go through that timeframe and trust the One that orchestrated your life from the beginning of time. He is a God of order and we know this but still fuss over because of that wait. Give it to God. The longer we wait the better it will be for us. It’s always worth the wait for good things.

I would rather wait in any fine italian restaurant for a dish like zuppa de pesce than for a slice of pizza. Those better meals require more time and preparation. And it is oh so good! Topped with dessert and coffee, God knows what He is doing.

So as soon as your time in this process is up, you will have all that He planned for you. We just need to enjoy where we are at today because we really don’t want to miss every special season. Every promise starts with a plan. If you find your promise in an infancy stage just give it time to grow, prepare and mature. Eventually it will happen the right way and in the right process of time.

So stay filled, hopeful and trust in Him. Be at peace. He said He is going to show up and take care of you, just as He promised to give you the things hoped for.

He just needs time to refine.

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Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 27 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 19 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.

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