We are quick to say that God’s timing is perfect – that He is never late, but do we really believe it?
Does it often feel like somehow God missed the right date? Does it seem like maybe it’s impossible at this point? God delights in the impossible. God specializes in miracles. He wants to proclaim His glory, strength, and love by doing what we cannot even imagine. You better believe that when you cannot figure it out, make it work, or create a solution that God is at work. Say a prayer of thanksgiving and do the next right thing.
“I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:16-17
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:5-6, 20-21, 32, 37, 40
Each action God takes in our lives is preordained for the perfect moment. Everything that happens…I do mean everything…is planned and orchestrated to produce the result that God desires in your life. There is nothing that you can choose to do under the guise of free will that will throw God for a loop.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:13
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” Acts 1:7
He is actively involved in our lives each moment, not just now and then. Just because we aren’t seeing the redemption of our pain or the fulfillment of our desires doesn’t mean that God isn’t working to prepare us for those things. We want to rush God on the end product, but we don’t want to work through the process He has planned to get us there. He has given us desires to keep us moving in the right direction, but He doesn’t expect us to fulfill them for ourselves. “Work like it depends on you, but pray knowing it depends on God.”
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 125:2
God is already at the end of our life. He is beckoning us to follow. He is already there. Nothing is a surprise or a last-minute decision for Him. He has established a time for everything, and because we can trust that His way is best, we can find joy and peace in each moment – even in the waiting.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 (11-12,14 shown)
Time is short. Use it wisely. Don’t waste it, rush it, or miss it.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:13-17
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp39p06-09-13