“God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecc 3:11)
This is a lesson I had to learn: If you say that you trust God, then you need to trust not only God’s power but also God’s timing. Many Christians believe the promises of God but do not trust His timing. They believe that God can do miracles. But they become impatient as they wait for the miracle to come. They never think that God is too fast. But they complain that God is ‘too slow’. What lessons can we learn about God’s timing?
*God’s time is mysterious
God does not tell us when He will fulfil His promises.
After Jesus died and resurrected, the disciples asked Him some questions about the future. They knew the promises of Jesus but they also wanted to know the time of their fulfillment. But Jesus did not tell them when the promises shall manifest. He said that timing is under the authority of God the Father. “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Ac 1:6-8)
Most of us are the same. We want to know ‘when’ we shall experience that healing, that breakthrough we have been praying for. But God does not tell when. We need faith and patience to see the promises fulfilled. Faith is easier than patience but we need both. Pride and rebellion will lead you to insist knowing the timing of future events. Therefore, pray for grace. Pray that God will increase your faith and your strength to endure from the moment the promise is given until the visible manifestation comes. In the meantime pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and continue to witness to others about Jesus. This is the best way to use your time until the miracle comes.
“God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will
(William Cowper 1774)
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
God always hears my prayers!
In His time, God shall answer my prayers!
God shall grant my heart’s desire as I continue to delight in waiting on Him!
My testimony is sure!
In Jesus name,