“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)
All the Word of God is good for me. But there are scriptures in the Bible that immediately encourage me and without fail. I am sure that you know the story of how Haman was disappointed when he was told that Mordecai, the man he was planning to kill, has been promoted by the king. It is found in the Book of Esther, chapter 6. What amazed me recently is the timing of these events. It is wonderful to see how God orchestrated the events.
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 to release that power. 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 happen. They never say that God is too fast. But they often 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 fulfill His promises. For example, 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. The Lord Jesus did not tell them when the promises shall manifest. He said that timing is under the authority of God the Father. “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 or that breakthrough we have been praying for. But God does not tell us ‘when’. We need faith and patience to see the promises fulfilled. To exercise faith is easier than practicing patience but we need both. Pride and rebellion will lead you to impatience, insisting to know the timing of future events. Therefore, pray for more grace. Pray that God will increase your strength to endure from the moment the promise is given until its visible manifestation. Trust God who alone knows the end from the beginning! In the meantime pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit, continue to witness to others about Jesus and serve God the best way you can!