The Timing of God
Waiting on the Lord
We all go through those times in our lives when we wonder if God will ever bring about what we have been earnestly praying for. Maybe we've dreamed of doing something great for Him and have even worked for years to achieve some goal, but it all seems to allude us. Some have waited for a mate, only to spend years searching in vain. And like Abraham and Sarah, some couples pray for a child to hold in their arms and nurture, only to be denied again and again.
I. The Perspective of God
God's timing seems so slow to us and sometimes we question whether He cares at all. The problem is that we tend to see things from our limited earthly perspective. God sees them from that of eternity. Compared to the eternal state, life on this earth is so brief. What is 75 to 100 years compared to forever. We want things to work out now! God is fashioning events so that they can work together for our good to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. We sometimes display the impatience of a child waiting for Christmas, or of a person at a job he can't stand, waiting for the time clock to reach quitting time. But that impatience doesn't make the time go by any faster. Whether it be Christmas, the end of a busy work day, or God's timing; impatience doesn't make the hours shorter. In fact, it tends to make 60 minutes seem like 600.
What is needed for each of us who isn't happy with our situation is for us to do all that we humanly can to make a change in our lives. Then we must leave the rest to the judgment and control of the Sovereign of the universe. For His judgment is always perfect and He is always on time.
II. Strength in the Waiting
Christians who don't try to completely orchestrate their own circumstances, can begin to rest and be at peace with the process of life. I think the Psalmist said it very well:
"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary" (Psalm 40:31).
Receiving the strength promised in this verse comes from realizing that there is only one God, and it isn't me. I am not ultimately in control of running the universe. There is only One who is capable of that job, and He can handle it very well without me.
Knowing this, we can learn to trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and will not lean on our own understanding. And as we do this more and more, His loving hand will direct us in the paths that we were created to take in the first place. (Proverbs 3:5,6).
The truth of the matter is that we all were created in the image of Almighty God, and He has a plan for each and every one of us. It is that plan which is being worked out in good times and in bad. It is coming together in times of health and prosperity, as well as sickness and poverty. And it is being brought about in times of waiting, as well as when it seems that all of our dreams are coming true. There is nothing that happens to us unless it is allowed by the One who loves us and wants the best for our lives.
My advice for all who read this is that God is sometimes late, but always on time. So have patience in the process. Don't stress or worry over your life. You will look back on it from eternity some day and laugh, knowing that what seemed like a terrible wait, was just a fraction of a second by comparison, meant to bring you to the beautiful reward that you're now experiencing. Then you will know that it was worth it all!
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