What Does The Bible Tell Us About Timing?
Today I want to talk about timing. It is a classic theme in many romantic movies where a couple struggle with getting together because one person is ready but the other isn’t. Then over time things work out and they live happily ever after. This resonates with audiences everywhere because all of us at one point or another wrestle with wanting things to happen in the timeline that that we desire. So what does the Bible tell us about timing?
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“In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you.” – Isaiah 49:8
To start with, we are talking God’s timing, which may not necessarily match the timeline that we envisioned. Because of this, we have to be patient. Next we have to trust in the Lord. We can do so if we have a strong relationship with Him and can be confident in that relationship. Faith here is really a measure of the maturity of our relationship with God.
And with faith comes a better understanding of the word promise. God promises that He will answer you, and He will help you. The Word doesn’t say that God might help you, or that he might answer you. It says that He WILL answer you. Just know that it will be according to His timing.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be trouble. In contrast God’s Word confirms that there will be trouble, but 1 Peter 5:10 says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
So while we might struggle for a while, or go through some “silent times” when we think God is inactive in our lives, we can find peace knowing that God WILL restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. And we can know that God is working things out for the good of those who love him.
Isaiah says, “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.” He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” – (Isaiah 49:2-4)
During these silent times, when we feel like we are laboring in vain, God is actually preparing us, polishing us, and putting us away in His quiver until His appointed time. This is so that when our time comes, we are sharpened, refined, and ready.
Let us be encouraged and give thanks knowing that God is preparing us as an arrow in His quiver, ready to fly into our calling and pierce the darkness. Our labor is not in vain. His Promise is always good. He is always faithful. His love never fails.
Finally, let us trust in God’s timing with patience, trust, confidence, and faith.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this great Word today. Fill us with faith. Help us to have confidence in your Promise, and to be diligent, faithful. Give us patience as we wait upon you Lord. help us to trust in your appointed timing. Give us peace and joy knowing that you are always with us, that your love is unfailing, and that you have us in your quiver being prepared for your calling in our lives, and that we are written upon the palms of your hands. We seek you first Lord, and love when you use us for your glory. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
- “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” – John 16:23
- “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” – John 15:7
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
- “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8
- “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” – Isaiah 49:16