I cried, and the Lord heard me and saved me out of my troubles. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed are those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:6, 8 ESV)— Bible
Comforting message from a friend. (Modern day Jeremiah)
When we’re stripped of all the externals, we discover that in the finally analysis, we owe our very lives on the sustaining grace of God. It is only because of his lovingkindness that we are not totally consumed (Lam. 3:22).
You may not see a way, but God still has a plan. It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible.
You ever wish you could have a quick meeting with God just so you could compare notes, go over the blueprints of your life and synchronize your watches? So often we find that our timing is not God’s timing. We’re either taking too long to do what we have to do, or we’re trying to rush it, stepping out before we’re ready.
Proverbs 3:5 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.
The story of Lazarus is such an amazing example of just that. Jesus knew Lazarus was ill and he knew that he was the only one who could save him, yet he stayed where he was for two more days. It wasn’t until Lazarus had actually been dead for four days that Jesus showed up to see about the situation. But when he did, there was a miracle. Lazarus rose from the dead.
There have been many times in my life when I was behind the eight ball with a deadline and I needed God to move instantly. But he didn’t. At least not the way I wanted him to. Oftentimes God will allow us to go through challenging situations not only so we can develop character, but also so that we can come to trust him, really trust him.
I heard a story recently of a young lady who felt she heard from God that she was going to go to Cambridge to study. She told all her friends and waited with great expectation to get her acceptance letter. Only the letter didn’t come. She was denied. That year she watched all her friends leave for University while she stayed home and worked.
Every year for the next four years she applied to Cambridge and each year she failed to get in. And when her friends came home to visit she would always say, “God told me I’m going to Cambridge and I just know I’m going.”
Finally as all her classmates from secondary school were beginning to graduate and move back home, she had some news. She had gotten into Cambridge. In her fourth year of applying, the University told her to take a few courses and if she did well in them she would be accepted. And so she did. Off to Cambridge she went.
Wow, what outrageous faith. Honestly, if that were me, like most, I would have thought I heard wrong. I would have given up and attended another University-time is of the essence. How many of us know God enough to stand on his promises no matter how long they take? Even Mary and Martha were a bit miffed about Jesus’ timing. “Lord, had you been here, my brother would not have died,” Martha said.
More often than not, having faith is about trusting God for his timing and resting in the fact that God knows every detail of the situation and is in control.
Sure, I’ve missed many a deadline and even paid consequences, but those were always little picture situations. God is not intimidated by man’s time limits. When I look at the big picture from God’s perspective, I realize God is very detailed in his plans for our lives and he isn’t willing to sacrifice development for time. Waiting on God is a good thing. And as I’ve heard it said before, “It’s even better if you can wait [patiently] while you wait.”
Dear God, help us to get our timing right with yours. And when we see that things aren’t working as quickly as we would like, please help us to relax and simply trust that you know the times and seasons of our lives.