God’s Timing Versus Ours

A key reason why God may delay an answer to our prayers is that He wants us to understand His concept of time. We’re used to dialing a number and getting an answer, punching a button and getting a response, and swiping our card to make a purchase. The materialistic mindset that pervades the Western Culture in which we live makes matters worse. We want what we want when we want it and rarely settle for anything less. With that in mind, consider these two principles regarding time.

Eternity trumps time- What a pity time has such a strangle hold on us. We are prisoners of the clock. A man was stopped on the street by an old friend and asked, “How is it with your soul?” Catching his breath and glancing at his watch, the man replied, “I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even realize I had a soul.” Because of our inclination to achieve as much as we can as quickly as possible, time has become society’s greatest commodity. An event-filled day and crowded schedule are worn as badges of honor in our harried culture.

Yet, God has crafted us in His image for eternity. And aren’t you glad that clock will be a distant memory in the world to come? As the Bible says, “LORD . . . a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). If we can somehow escape the tyranny of time and tap into the exhilaration of eternity, we’d find our prayer sessions all the more fulfilling.

God’s timing trumps our timing- Despite the above truth, we must live out our remaining days under the confines of time. Since we must, it works much better when we follow God’s timetable rather than our own.

We have been in a long-term remodeling program for most of the 15-year tenure at the church where I serve as pastor. In the beginning, we jumped head first into a project to increase the size of our library, thus downsizing the adjoining chapel. Since our chapel was sacred ground for many, plans to change the décor and reduce its size created a situation.

To calm the storm, we put our plans on hold for a couple of years. Then one day, when the winds were favorable, demo began and construction followed closely behind. Years removed from those tumultuous times, we’re thoroughly enjoying our modified chapel and expanded church library.

The longer I live, the more I realize that timing is everything, especially God’s timing. He sees the big picture. That’s why we must persevere, so that we’ll be ready when He is, ready to receive the unsearchable things He longs to pass along to us.

 

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