You have probably heard or even said, “I was in the right place at the right time” or maybe the flipside of that statement – “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Sometimes our timing works to our advantage, other times, to our detriment. You are employed at a corporation and the longtime department manager suddenly gives her resignation and you have the qualifications for that position so you get promoted. On your way home from running errands you go through the drive-thru at a local fast food restaurant to pick up two iced coffees to take home. After you pull back onto the street you are stopped at a traffic light and the car behind you plows into you. There are no bodily injuries but your car has sustained extensive damage (and the two coffees have spilled). You think to yourself, “if only I wouldn’t have stopped for coffee.” Timing is everything.
God’s timing always works our best for us. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, as Abraham and Sarah waited and waited for God to fulfill His promise of a child, they most likely had doubts about God’s promise to them. We read in Genesis 18:13-14 these words – “Then the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
A few chapters later we read – “Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he has promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God has promised.” (21:1-2)
Notice the key words in that passage – “at the very time God has promised.” God’s timing is perfect, but we must learn to wait for His timing, and trust that He will do things “at the very time” He promises.
You might be familiar with a song written by Pete Seeger and made into an international hit by The Byrds. The song is titled “Turn! Turn! Turn!” (check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiprqeaydik) and its lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the first eight verses of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes. That section of scripture begins like this – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (v.1).” Ten verses later we read – “He has made everything beautiful in its own time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (v.11).”
So, today, do you, or maybe best asked, will you, trust God’s timing?
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