How often have we prayed or heard a confirmation from God and thought it would happen that instant and it didn’t? I’m guilty of this one too many times. (sigh) Dare I say there have been times that I doubted because it took “forever” to come to pass. I’ve learned and relearned over the years that God doesn’t work on my timeline He works on His. God is not a genie and He is not at my beck and call. Our concept of time and His concept of time are totally different.
“For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours” Psalm 90:4 NLT
God is constantly on the move, but He is never in a hurry. Instant gratification has become the norm and we must be careful not to miss the things God is doing or wanting to do in us. May I be so bold to say that we might even miss the thing that we prayed for without realizing it. We must learn to slow down and walk in step with Him not ahead of Him.
As a former band nerd, I can say without hesitation that timing is everything. That’s why music is set to a certain time. Each note has its own count, each instrument has its own part to play. Envision in your head a picture of God holding a conductor’s wand setting the tempo of a gorgeous melody, each of us playing our part in time as He so gracefully leads us. If anyone was a beat behind or ahead it messes up the whole pace of the song. That would be such a disaster.
We can look to Sarah and Abraham’s story. Sarah was not patient when it came to God’s promise about Abraham being a father. I’m pretty sure we all are familiar with the story (Genesis 16). Sarah brought it upon herself to fulfill God’s promise therefore robbing herself of the joy set before her. She was jealous and miserable by her own making all because she stepped out of time. Let’s not do like Sarah did. Let’s trust in His word, promise that it will come to pass.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak; and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry” Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
I really think God knew what He was doing when He was lining out the fruits of the Spirit. He knew that we humans would need patience. Even though there are countless times in the bible where we are told to be patient or wait on the Lord, He knew we needed that extra help. Thank you, God, for that!
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiates 3:1 (NKJV)
Time is always moving forward and so are the plans of God. Let’s trust in His timing and ask God to increase our capacity for patience. If He is not in hurry, then why should I be?