Understanding the Circumstances
Wade E Taylor
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father
by Him" Col 3:17.
Each spiritual consecration or decision that we make has
an eternal purpose behind it that transcends its present effect.
It is very important for us to understand this so we will
be able to rightly view the circumstances that provide us
with the opportunity to make these decisions or consecrations.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
unto good works, which GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED that we should
walk in them" Eph 2:10.
We remember most of our important spiritual consecrations
because they have a recognizable purpose and directly affect
our spiritual life in some way. We value these and hold them
as important spiritual experiences.
Then, there are the multitudes of seemingly unrelated choices
that we are forced to make each day of our lives, but which
do not appear to have any lasting purpose or value. We tolerate
these, but think concerning them, "If I can just get
past all of these mundane things, then I will be able to seek
that which has spiritual value."
However, the Lord views these seeming mundane decisions
quite differently than we do, as these are not merely arbitrary
choices that must be made as we pass through life. From His
eternal point of view, varied circumstances are purposely
placed in our path so as to provoke us to make a decision
concerning them. The result of these decisions will then become
an "ingredient" in the composition of a "seed"
that is being formed by the Lord. "Behold, a sower (the
Lord) went forth to sow (seed)," Matt 13:3b.
The Scripture tells us that we are predestined "to
be conformed to the image of His Son," Rom 8:29b. The
present development of this "image" can be pictured
as a "seed" that is being gradually formulated during
our span of life, which contains all of the ingredients that
are necessary to bring into manifestation the extent to which
we have developed into this "image of His Son."
All that is needed for it to be fully revealed is the "soil,"
or the atmosphere of eternity.
This can be compared to an apple seed. Every necessary ingredient
is contained within this seed to produce a tree, fully grown
and bearing apples. There is nothing that needs to be added
to this seed. All that is required for it to develop into
a fully mature tree is the right environment.
We often become confused when our spiritual consecrations
or decisions, which seemed so outstanding at the time, fade
away with no lasting consequence. This is because we only
see the present effect that these produced. We do not realize
that our consecration or decision became an "ingredient"
in the preparation of the "seed" that we are becoming.
Nor are we able to see the fully matured tree that will be
released from this seed when it enters the environment of
When the new day dawns, the atmosphere will be present to
release the pent- up life that is contained within this seed.
Only then will it be able to spring forth into its full expression
of life. The life that will be manifested from this seed will
be the cumulative result of all the ingredients (decisions),
both good and bad, that went into its make-up. Jesus said
of this seed, that some "fell into good ground, and brought
forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty
fold" Matt 13:8. The quality of our consecrations and
decisions throughout the span of our life determines which
of these gradations will apply to our eternal estate.
The most important thing that I can do today is to live
in such a way that only the very best ingredients go into
the make-up of this seed that I am becoming. Most of the spiritual
consecrations that I make will not be able to come to the
full outworking of their intended purpose. There is not enough
time within the span of our lifetime for this to happen. However,
our present spiritual consecrations and decisions are very
important, and have a vital part in the make-up of this seed
that will manifest in eternity what we have become in relation
to His image.
In eternity, the effect that these consecrations and decisions
had upon us will develop into its full fruition. There will
be ample time for the outworking of these experiences, that
time was not able to accommodate. Much must be accomplished
within each one of us in order to bring us to a compatibility
with eternity. The vision that was given to John on the Isle
of Patmos revealed a man with a four sided face. From one
side he appeared to be as a lion; from the second, a man;
from the third, a calf; and from the fourth, an eagle. Each
of these views revealed the same man, yet each demonstrated
a different quality within his makeup.
This four sided heavenly view was the result of the outgrowth
of a fully matured seed. This understanding of the present
purpose of the Lord in forming a "seed" from the
cumulative decisions, choices, and experiences of our lives
is very important. It will affect the quality of the decisions
we make in our every day experiences, and helps us to rightly
From the Lord's perspective, He will place within our pattern
of life experience, all of the circumstances that are necessary
so as to enable us to make the decisions that will produce
this "seed" that He desires us to become.
Thus, our reaction to the many circumstances that we experience
in life becomes a part of bringing forth the ultimate purpose
of the Lord. It may seem that He moves in very unusual ways,
but He has a higher purpose in view. I can better express
this by sharing an experience from my life. In the immediate
view, the things I went through made no sense at all, nor
could they be interpreted at the time.
We were living in a very comfortable home. Then, we were
told that we had to move. I began to look, and found a home
that was both affordable and desirable. It seemed right for
my family to move there. However, when I submitted it to the
Lord, and He clearly said, "NO." Later, I looked
at another home that was adjacent to a swamp. It was so enclosed
in trees that it was dark within during the day-time. As a
result of this, it was very damp and musty throughout the
house. Also, it was too small for us to rightly fit within.
Everything about it seemed wrong. Even the rent was higher
than a more desirable home.
Nevertheless, the Lord told us that this was the place for
us to be. We moved in, and all of our things began to get
damp and musty. At the time, it did not seem to make any sense
at all for us to be there, nor did it seem reasonable that
the Lord would tell us to live in such a place. But, He did.
The guidance of the Lord almost always transcends our present
understanding and requires "raw" faith on our part
to be obedient. Our obedience is far more important than our
present understanding of things, or even our own comfort.
We may make a judgment and choose what we "feel"
to be best, but in His Kingdom, all is quite different and
relates to a far higher purpose. Had we used our own judgment
the following could never have happened.
The principle of the Kingdom is "life out of death."
The Lord moved us into this house completely against everything
that was reasonable. No one in their right mind would have
done this. However there was a purpose that was completely
unknown to us at that time.
The second day that we were there, a lady came to the door.
She explained to my wife that we were living just outside
of the city limits, and that the children had to be registered
for school that very day, or we would face a lot of problems.
There was no way for my wife to get to the school, as I
had gone to work in our car. A family that we knew from church
lived a short distance from us. She walked over to see if
they would take her to the school.
Just then, Bob Mumford, who had been in my class in Bible
school, along with the president of Elim Bible Institute were
leaving this home. We were invited to visit Elim during a
convention. My wife told me of this and I said that I would
rather not go. Later, I remembered this and said, "If
we were going, this would be the day, but we are not."
During the day, the Lord clearly told me to call my wife
and tell her to be ready to go when I arrived home from work.
We attended the convention at Elim, as the Lord had spoken.
Through this, I became a teacher at Elim, which entirely changed
our lives. When we moved to Elim from our undesirable "home,"
we were only charged one weeks rent, the rest was refunded.
Had "I" chosen the more desirable house, a one-year
lease was required and we would not have been able to enter
this very important door of ministry.
This step of obedience, in falling into the ground to die,
became a part of the "seed" that I am becoming,
and also released us into a higher realm of life and ministry.
This is an outworking of the Kingdom of God in practical reality,
producing within a people the substance of the greater Kingdom
that will be manifested in His time.
The Lord spoke, and out of this came a fully developed principle
of life because the Lord was able to have His way. Had we
taken the more desirable home, the ingredients (meeting the
two men) that were necessary to bring this seed into its full
development would not have been present.
A clearer understanding of these things will come in the
age to come, when the "seed" that we have become
will be fully manifested as a beautiful tree along the river
of life bearing all manner of fruit for the healing of the
Then, we will understand the "why" of these difficult
experiences, and we will be fully satisfied.