I’m sure some of you know what season we’re in and some of you may not, so I’d like to share some things with you that help identify what season we’re in as the body of Christ. Once we know what season we’re in, then we can have the right behavior in that season to produce a harvest in its season. For example, in spring farmers begin to plant certain seeds, which is the behavior that will produce a harvest for them.
You know that it’s the year 2012 and if you turn on the TV, listen to the radio or even just listen to people talk, you can tell that our world isn’t in the best shape. But I’d like us to look at things from God’s perspective and not everyone else’s. He always has the answer, and as long as we stay focused on our relationship with Him, we’re going to be full of hope, faith and confidence because we know that He is in control of our lives as we continue to surrender and give Him control. So right now at this time, if you haven’t given God control of your life, I want to encourage you to do that right at this moment!
That’s one of the things that the number 12 represents – that God’s in control and He wants us to trust Him. The number 12 shows us that God is in control and that He is actively ruling over us as King. When God wanted to show us that He was ruling and that there was a perfect plan, He would use the number 12. Twelve represents divine authority, divine appointments, perfection, completeness and fulfillment.
The number 12 also represents governmental foundation. For example, Jacob had 12 sons, Israel had 12 tribes, there were 12 kings anointed to serve the nation of Israel, 12 judges, Solomon appointed 12 officers, and Jesus had 12 disciples. In Revelations 21, we learn that the New Jerusalem will have 12 gates of pearls with 12 angels there and the name of the 12 tribes written over these gates. Revelations 22 tells us that the “tree of life” in the New Creation will bear 12 kinds of fruit. Once again, the thing that I want to highlight is that when God wanted His people to know that there was a perfect plan and that He was in control, He would use the number 12… and here we are in the year 2012.
Let’s look at a few of these stories. Remember in Matthew 26: 47-56, when Judas betrays Jesus, the soldiers come to take Jesus and Peter cuts off one of their ears? Then Jesus looks at Peter and tells him to put his sword away. Jesus tells Peter that if He needed help, He could ask the Heavenly Father for 12 legions of angels to come and help Him. In other words, He was letting them know that there was a perfect plan here and that God was in control, so trust Him!
How about in Luke 2:41-50, where it’s the first recorded words of Jesus… and guess how old He was? That’s right, 12. In this account, Jesus and His family had gone to Jerusalem to the Passover Feast. When it was over, this big caravan of people headed back toward home and about a day into the trip, Mary and Joseph started looking for Jesus but couldn’t find Him. Can you imagine losing the son of God? This brings losing your keys into perspective, doesn’t it?
Anyway, they go back to Jerusalem and look for Jesus for another two days until they finally find Him in the temple listening and asking questions of the teachers. Mary and Joseph were so upset that Jesus would do this… but notice what He told them in verse 49 – “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” In other words, “Mom and Dad, don’t you realize that there is a perfect plan here and God is in control? So trust Him!”
I could keep going with other stories, but I believe you get what I’m trying to say. This is what God is saying to us in this season – “There is a perfect plan here and I’m in control, so trust me.” No matter what you’ve gone through in the past or what you’re facing in the present or what you will face, you need to know that there is a perfect plan and God is in control as you trust Him.
Jeremiah 17:7 says “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” I want to encourage you to trust the Lord like never before in your life. Spend time with Him and allow your trust to increase. It can be just like good friends that you trust – the more you spend time with them and know they’re going to do what they say, the more you trust them. That’s one of the ways that you develop your trust in the Lord. It’s by spending time with Him, in His word and knowing that He will do what He says. Remember, in 2012 there is a perfect plan, God is in control, so trust Him!