“So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:20, NKJV)
Provision follows performance and performance also follows provision. There is something that you need to do—performance before you get what you want—provision. In the same vein, there is something you need to do—performance with what you have been given—provision.
Failure to do what you need to do in the way that you are supposed to do it guarantees that you will not get what you want. Also, your inability to act on what you have been given takes you back to where you were—at the same spot.
Knowledge or resources is useless without application. “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” Charles Spurgeon
Provision and Performance are twins. God wants to see what we are doing with what he has given to us. We have a mouth, legs, hands, etc. This can be seen in the natural but there are many more that cannot be seen but we have. The Bible describes this as treasure—2 Corinthians 4:7
We all have it. Potential is useless without utilization. “Our potential is a gift from God, what we do with it is our gift to God.”
Until Hannah harnessed the resources she had, she did not get the son that she wanted. This happened in the process of time. There is a process and a time for everything we want in life that can be summarized as Victories and Accomplishments.
What you do with time is extremely important. Time is an equal opportunity employer. We are all given 24 hours in a day. How you spend it determines what you get out of it. No matter how rich you are, you cannot buy back 60 seconds. You use it wrongly, you pay for it.
Process of time—Time is always processing what you are doing with it. Time can be seen as a factory that is churning out products. What you put into it determines what it gives back to you.
Though Hannah had been going to Shiloh yearly but when she decided to put substance into time, she got a son. Whatever you eventually get in the process of time is given to be utilized not hoarded. This is the cycle with God.Hannah got Samuel and Samuel was given back to God—Provision and Performance. This was the prayer that God answered in the first place.
“Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11, NKJV)
When you ask God for “Victories / Accomplishments” he wants to know what you will do with it. The purpose of whatever you are seeking from him must always be right.
The only way to activate, move or compel the hand of God to release heaven’s goodies is if you load your clouds. “If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.” (Ecclesiastes 11:3, TAB) Every individual has clouds that need to be loaded. Rain falls as a result of condensation from atmospheric pressure. There is a pressure build up as a result of pollution from exhaust car fumes, plant respiration etc. When the pressure reaches a particular point, the rain will start dropping.
The same applies to us. The eyes of God are always going to and from to see how full our clouds are.