Timing Is Everything
This is simply a short exhortation to any brethren who have become increasingly frustrated and weary in waiting on God’s timing for what ever situation in their lives.
I don’t know about you but social media has this sneaky way of causing me to compare my life to others. Every other day, it seems someone has amazing news or an accomplishment of some sort to share with the world. Automatically, without even thinking, I look at my own life and wonder whether the person in question has two heads. “We’re in the same age category. How has s/he achieved so much already?!” Lord, when will my own time come to give a similar testimony?
In this season
as with all the others to be honest, the Lord has been teaching me the importance of patience as well as timing in the Kingdom of God. This is most clearly highlighted through the life of Jesus. We see in John 7:6 where Jesus says to His brothers that His time had not yet come. Later in that chapter,(John 7:30) the Pharisees attempt to seize Jesus but fail to do so because His time had not yet come. We see a similar picture throughout the Gospels of certain things not happening because the appointed time had not arrived. The Bible even tells us that the timing of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurrection were timed perfectly (For at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly Romans 5:6). And we have countless examples from David, to Abraham & Sarah, Joseph and Noah of those before us who had to endure the long process of waiting on God’s timing. There is a clear pattern here, waiting is normal, in fact, it is to be expected.
You see, when it comes to God, timing is everything. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven Ecclesiastes 3:1. I wrote this post a few months ago talking about tough seasons, particularly ones where you’re waiting on a promise/promises of God. One very important aspect of the wait is understanding that God has laid out each and every day of your life (Psalm 139:16). Before any day came to pass, He ordained things to happen at specific times, for you to meet specific people, to unlock certain gifts or talents you never knew existed etc. None of it is accidental. So when it comes to waiting on God, wondering when your own time will come, it is SO MUCH easier to do so when you understand that at the right time, He will put things in place. He certainly hasn’t forgotten, nor is He playing a game of how-long-can-My-child-wait-before-s/he-gets-frustrated-and-tries-to-run-ahead-of-me. He’s a good good Father
cue the Chris Tomlin song, He gives us all we need for each day. So if you don’t have that hearts desire or if you’re not where you desire to be right now, it may be that you are not ready for it. This is a good thing! God is so awesome that He doesn’t give in to our demands by immediately showering us with whatever we ask for. The Bible says that He has made everything beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Outside of that appointed time, the beauty is lost or not fully realised. The caterpillar cannot transform into a butterfly until it spends just the right amount of time in the cocoon. The internal process is pretty gruesome and actually pretty nasty to see (trust me, I googled the image…) but the final result of a beautiful butterfly more than makes up for it.
Beloved, this is a simple encouragement to not grow weary in waiting on God. At the right time, He will come through, as He always does. Has He ever failed you?! He’s way too faithful for that! Right now, give thanks that He withholds from us until the appointed time so that the true beauty of your request can be realised. In the meantime, God is doing something beautiful in you as He prepares you to receive the fullness of all He has promised. So fix your eyes on Him. Sit at His feet. Delight yourself in Him. Allow Him to prune and mould you more closely to the image of His Son and somewhere along the way, you might find that the appointed time has finally arrived and it was well worth the wait.