“God is precisely on time. His timing, however, is different from ours. He is bound neither by time nor space,” that’s what I said to a friend when she told me about the struggles that she and her family are currently facing.
Well, I’m sure most of us will agree that it is impossible to fully understand God’s timing in our lives.
For when we ask to be lifted above our cares, He would send us sorrows. . . For when we ask for light to see the path ahead, clouds appear instead. . . Then when we ask for peace and quiet that we may meditate, everything around us swirls in confusion. . .
But as D. Martin Llloyd-Jones wrote: “He may sometimes do the opposite of what we anticipate. . . Yet it is fundamental principle in the life and walk of faith that we must always be prepared for the unexpected when we are dealing with God.”
Yes, indeed! It is difficult to understand God’s timing but we must remember, God looks at life from a different perspective. He’s the ultimate timekeeper, and when we think He is late, He’s apt to show up, and we learn His time is in His hands.
I repeat. . . His time is in His hands. . .
As you know, when it looked like Jesus was late in arriving. He showed up and raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. God is neither early nor late, He is exactly on time.
When You Are Frustrated
Sometimes, we get frustrated and impatient waiting for God’s time. But have you ever thought that spiritual giants never get frustrated?.” Take Daniel for instance, don’t you think he was frustrated when he ended up in the lion’s den? The devil must have said, “See, buddy, what serving God gets you into?”
One of the natural responses to frustration is flight – you can quit. You just can walk right out. Essentially, that’s what Jonah did when God told him to go to Nineveh with His message. Jonah did not want to go. His frustrations turned to anger. He couldn’t fight God so he ran away.
So, what’s this all about???
When you get frustrated, remind yourself that God is telling you something through the events of life that you’re presently facing.
For a moment, stop. . . and be quiet. . . and listen to God’s voice. Sometimes, God’s voice is soft like a whisper. . . Occasionally though, He may raise the volume to get your attention. . .God speaks clearly through His Word, but He gets your attention through the events of your life.
Be still – so you can hear God’s voice. Times of quietness are part of His natural laws. God had not promised to spare us from life’s burdens. Sometimes, God allows miseries because He knows these things will drive us to Himself and teach us lessons through our own life’s experiences.
When we are weak, God does not say be strong but be still. “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” – Isaiah 30:15
Wait for God’s Time
When we are easily convinced that doing anything is better than doing nothing, waiting seems to be contrary to progress.
Waiting, however is not doing nothing. It is a kind of action that prepares us for the right choice in the future. It means finding God’s timing and avoiding tragic mistakes.
“There is an appointed time for everything,” wrote Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. Waiting is never easy, but as Martin Luther wrote, “He who waits on God, wastes no time.”
Our Creator designed time and set things in motion. By having faith in God as our ultimate timekeeper, we can live by courage instead of fear. We can experience His great plans and perfect timing as we choose to trust Him time and again.
When God’s people are overthrown by the forces of Babylon, many thought that God had forsaken them. Yet God said, “I know the plans I have for you. . .plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11.
God has a plan for you too. Waiting for God is not a wasted time. Rather, it will bring your restless heart in conformity with the Divine and prepares you for what He has ahead.
“All the times of our life are in God’s hands. In His own perfect time, He will cause things to happen for us, that will bring us joy and happiness. Trust God, for He makes all things beautiful. . . in His time.” – Anon
When I told my friend that her prayers will be answered in His time, here is her reply – “I believe so too! God will answer in His most perfect time.” What a strong faith she has. No wonder, I never see her without a smile on her face.
Will you trust like her?