“God is rarely early and never late.”
We have heard this statement often in the church and say a hearty “Amen.” Until…suddenly the job we have had for 20 years is gone and we don’t know what to do or your teenage child is veering off the straight and narrow path. Maybe your marriage seems to be in a nosedive that can’t be recovered or you can’t seem to recover from that simple surgery. It is during this time that we dig into the Word and see what God has to say on this subject.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
This scripture is one that I have clung to over the years and has helped me to realize that I can’t trust my understanding on any subject but must trust God. God’s timing is perfect and He works all things out in His way and in His time according to His Word. Below are three things to remember during tough times.
(1) God’s way-He has a plan and purpose for each of our lives with our good in mind but He brings these plans about in His way. He directs our paths. All of our “figuring out” does no good. Reasoning things out in our human capacity only leads to frustration and discouragement.
(2) God’s time- Only God sees time from beginning to end and only He knows what perfect timing is. He sees everything that has been, everything that is and everything that will be in each person’s life. He painstakingly weaves things together to benefit His children. We sometimes are settling for less in our asking than God has plans to give.
(3) God’s Word- everything must line up with the Word of God. God speaks promises through His Word. People encourage us with the ‘rhema’ or spoken word of encouragement at times but even this must line up with the written Word of God. Line your circumstances up with His Word and trust Him.
What do we do during the wait? Do we sit passively and wish for better days? Do we moan and complain to anyone and everyone who will listen? The Word of God links waiting with earnest expectations. We share everything in our life with Father God, not forgetting our sins and weaknesses, repent, remain teachable and stand on His Word in prayer. He gives us peace that passes understanding as we take everything to Him. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom and teaches us what is our part to play in the situation and Jesus intercedes for us continually. What could be better than that? God’s timing is always perfect. Look to Him!
“Arise; shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV