Understanding God’s timing

If you experience the joy of walking closely with Jesus your savior, you will know something about God’s timing. The secret to success is often not so much what you do, but when you do it – in other words, doing the right thing at the right time. With God, timing can be everything!

One business can open and seem to do everything right,and fail, and yet another that seems to do the same thing using the same formula and it flourishes.  This is called timing!

The wisest man who ever lived (according to the Word) Solomon wrote the following:

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecc 3:11).

In the book of Esther, one of the most powerful themes is “for such a time as this”. Many prayers are prayed with faith, and with expectation and yet God seems to say No. It has been said that God answers every prayer with either a Yes, a No or a Not yet. It is all about Timing.

The Bible tells us in James, that God is a Father who gives us good gifts. He is indeed a father full of love towards his children. In fact God IS love! Christ died for us while we hated him and were sinners. But now we have been adopted into His family; we are joint heirs with Jesus, heirs of all the Father has in heaven and on earth.

Some people however are trapped in a world of lethargy – in a state of inertia. They never get anything done, because they are always waiting for a better time or another day. Procrastination is their middle name! God expects us to be active, and doing good all the time, unless He tells us specifically to “be still” for a time or a season. Until such an instruction is received, we should be busy about His kingdom.

Psalms says

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps 90:12).

We don’t have forever – the days are short. We need to redeem the time. if you are guilty of procrastination, then this verse above should hopefully get you going. Then again, many others are guilty of always wanting to do it NOW. Jesus who is our greatest example understood that He had to wait for the right time before his time came.

Jesus told his disciples one day “The right time for me has not yet come.”

God Himself is aware of the importance of acting in the right time. The Bible says, “when the time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Gal 4:4). God did not send Jesus too early or too late. God sent Jesus just at the right time.

Have you missed God’s timing?

Maybe you gave up on your teenager too soon, or maybe you gave up on your marriage too soon. Maybe you rushed into a relationship, while you knew it was a bit premature. Fortunately God is God of all, including TIME. The Bible says that you can “redeem the time” (Ep 5:16). Redeem means to get back! God will let you recover some of the time that you have lost.

This is really exciting! Even if you have missed your opportunities for success, you can repent and get back time from God. Pray and ask God to redeem the time for you. God is a God of second chances.

Many people feel that God’s will and his timing are so difficult to understand. However, we read that:

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (NIV)

Do not be afraid to plan, but before you act on your plan, submit it to God and ask Him to direct your steps. If your plan is not quite what God had in mind, He will show you as you go, sometimes really early on in the process. Of course this also requires listening to God and that means to be still and quiet before Him with the Word open and in a prayerful attitude. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes and ears and He will.

God has made it easy for us to understand His timing. He made it simple to discover His time by giving us the seasons of life.

Everything has seasons and there is a right time for everything.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (Ecc 3:1)

You see, to know the time for everything you need to understand that every activity has a season.Seasons are God’s clue to timing. What season are you in?

Tomorrow I will share about the seasons. God bless you.

 

Lessons from Isaiah 53 v 2

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.

Jesus is described here as one who grew up as a tender shoot. The word tender indicates a caringness, and a gentleness of spirit. Jesus said on his sermon on the mount “blessed is the poor in spirit”for he shall inherit the earth. Poor in spirit means meek – it means gentle and humble. The sense that Jesus the Messiah was born and grew up as a tender shoot before God indicates He was gentle and tender. This is not what you would expect of  God who is always angry with us, who lays sickness and tragedy on his children for reasons we are not expected to understand. Why would Jesus do that? I tell you why – it is because he would not! The tragedy and sickness and devastation in  people’s lives comes from us living in a fallen world, where we are victims of circumstance. Other people who may be under the control of Satan, may drink too much, get behind the wheel of a car and then drive into us, maiming or killing us.

The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. It is because when God gave control of the earth to man, it was all set up to work for us – to be a place of blessing. Instead, man fell and God cursed the ground. Evil came into the world via Satan, who was the super slick deceiver – the master musician and seductive creature. The word tells us in the book of James that every good and perfect gift comes from our father in heaven. Sickness and disease is not a good and perfect gift. On the other hand we read that Satan goes around like a roaring lion, seeking those he may devour. We read that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. So when you look at those two things side by side, who do you think brings sickness and tragedy? Certainly not God!

So many people say, whilst God does not do these things – he allows them to happen to us, for a reason. When we try to understand what reason a loving father could want to allow one of his children to be injured and become a quadriplegic, then we say it is to teach us a lesson maybe. Or perhaps we use the good old line – His ways are higher than our ways – it is not for us to understand! Well I disagree . God’s ways are higher than our ways – but he is always consistent with hos character, and that is to bring goodness and life.

Here’s my final thought for today. If Jesus allows us to get sick, because it is his will for us to learn something through it, why does he tell us to heal the sick? I mean if God is allowing you by His will (for reasons we can’t understand) to become sick, then if I am to pray that you be healed, like the word tells me to (actually the word says heal the sick, it does not say pray for the sick), then I would be praying against God’s will. So since I never know if the sickness is allowed by God as part of His will or not, it is pointless for me to pray for healing, because how could we pray to God to ask him to change his will?
Makes you think, I hope.