What is God’s Timing?
Question: “What is God’s timing and how can I patiently wait on His timing?”
One of the hardest things for most Christians to do is to wait on God’s timing. Our modern hectic life makes it difficult to wait for anything or anyone. We expect everything in life to be instant and become frustrated when we do not get what we want when we want it. Understanding God's ways becomes much easier when we learn that God’s timing is perfect. As for God, his way is perfect (Psalm 18:30). Our timing is never God’s timing, and God’s timing is never early and it’s never late. Patience comes when we learn to trust God.
God’s Word provides nearly 3,000 promises. Promises that we can claim, and that we can stand on, and that will come true when we are meeting God’s conditions, but no place in the Bible does God ever surrender His control of time.
The when is part of God’s will
Trusting God includes trusting God’s timing. Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). God clearly is pleased when we exhibit patience. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7). …for God is good to those who wait for Him (Lamentations 3:25). But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). When your patience is nearing its end, remember that God operates according to His perfect schedule, not ours. Ask Him to renew your patience, as He loves you and knows what is best even when we do not.
Often what appears to be a delay in receiving what you prayed for is because God has something better for you. For example, maybe you did not get the job you wanted and prayed for because He has a better job for you.
God’s intention may be to use us in what may appear to be minor ways. For example, it takes many bricks to build a large building, and each brick needs to be in the proper place if the building is to be solidly constructed. If our actions are in concert with God’s will, we will be an asset to the kingdom. If they are not, we become a hindrance.
Our ability to wait on the Lord is directly related to how much we trust Him. When we trust in God with all of our heart, we can give Him the problem and no longer need to be concerned. The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts Him(Psalm 32:10). To fully trust God, we need to know Him, and the best way to know Him is through His Word.
What areas of our life should we trust God with? The answer is all. We should trust that God will lead and direct all areas of our life in His perfect timing.
- Jesus had to wait 30 years before God baptized Him with the Holy Spirit and anointed His ministry.
- Moses waited 40 years before God sent him to rescue the children of Israel from the Egyptians.
- The Israelites had to wait for 430 years before God rescued them from the Egyptians.
- David had to wait for 13 years before he became king of Israel after being told he would be king.
- Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaac after being told he would be a father.
- Noah had to wait 120 years from starting the ark until the flood actually happened.
- The apostles waited 10 days after Jesus had ascended before they received the Holy Spirit.
What if the apostles had gotten tired of waiting and had gone home? And what a mess Abraham made by helping God and taking Sarah’s servant. This started the Arab line that has been trying to kill the Israelites to this day. When we wait, we receive God’s blessings. When we do not wait, we create problems for ourselves. We make more mistakes by haste than by delay! We have a choice.
Rest assured that our heavenly Father knows exactly what is happening to us every moment of our life. God often uses trials to strengthen our patience and mature our faith (James 1:3-
God hears the cries of His children and answers them according to His perfect will and timing. A righteous man may have many troubles; the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19).
We have a choice, do we do what we think is best, or do we trust God sufficiently to wait upon Him for His best?
Kenneth W. Hagin gives a good example of God’s timing. “When I was 16 years old, I traveled all over California with my sister, my mom, and my dad, Kenneth E Hagin, as he preached the Word. We lived in a travel trailer. Once we pulled into a town where Dad was going to preach for several days in a church. We had enough food for one meal, and we ate that Saturday night. Sunday after church the pastor took us out for dinner, and after that, we had no more food.
My dad said, “don’t tell anybody. God will provide. Until then, we’re just going to keep believing what the Word says,” Monday came and went, and we didn’t eat. Tuesday went by, and we didn’t eat… Wednesday, a man knocked on the door and said, “Brother Hagin, since Sunday the Lord’s been dealing with me that you needed groceries, but I knew you didn’t need any. Finally it got so bad that today I couldn’t stand it, so I just went and bought a whole pickup truck load of groceries. Here they are.”(1) Sometimes God is waiting for someone to obey.
God’s promises are true and we can be assured that God will do His part, but the timing is always in the hand of God. The answer may come immediately, or slowly, or it may not be completed for years. Why would God delay answering His children’s request? Once the limitations of lack of faith, sin, and unforgiveness are removed, we have little to indicate why we have not received unless the Holy Spirit tells us. If not, we must be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).
If God isn’t answering your prayers, could it mean that it’s not the right time? Is it because you’re not ready? Or is it because God has something much better planned for you? God is never early, God is never late.
I like the truth of the old song, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way.”
1. The Word of Faith, January 2015.
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