When God's timing doesn't make sense...
When His timing doesn’t make sense, it actually does.
The past couple months I have personally been blown away at the Lords timing and how perfect it really is.
Christians say it all the time- Gods timing is perfect! But in the midst of saying it, we often complain because He isn’t working “fast” enough or in our own time frame.
There are things that we feel as though the Lord has called us to do, were trusting in the process, but sometimes we’re just wondering what is taking so long.
If that’s you, I can certainly relate. I got majorly convicted recently because of my complaining. I had to let the Lord really work in my heart and help me be content where He has had me.
As Christians we are called to not complain, be content, and be faithful in the process or season God has us in. But just because we are called to be content, that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about the future. As we follow Jesus, He will give us dreams, visions, ideas and callings as we pursue His heart. We are all called to do something for the kingdom. We are all called to dream of what He wants to do in our lives and be used to bring people into the kingdom of God. In the midst of holding dreams in your heart and trusting the faithfulness of God, can I just say, that wherever you are today- God sees you, hears you and is aligning things in your life as you are faithful to Him.
The reason why I have been personally been blown away by God’s timing is because a couple months ago I was able to teach the bible for the first time in front of people. I have taught on Facebook Live before, and I have prayed and shared my testimony in front of crowds, but this was my first time being able to teach the bible to a live audience. Can I just say, my excitement was bursting out of the seams because I was waiting for this opportunity for a long time.
As I got up there to teach, I just had this deep sense of knowing, this is what I was made to do. I’m sure people noticed my passion as I was talking, but what people didn’t know that this was a dream in the making for 7 years.
In 2011, the desire to preach started to bubble in my heart. Part of me always questioned if it was God or not, but prior to giving my life to Christ in 2010 I was a scared, shy girl who hated public speaking. So the fact I wanted to speak in front of crowds was a total God thing.
Even though this desire was in my heart, God had to take me thru the valley of a long healing journey before I was even able to step into this desire of mine.
As I started to overcome many different obstacles in my own heart and mind (and found lots of healing) God started to press this dream on my heart even more in the past two years. Over and over again it was confirmed- it was confirmed thru friends, acquaintances, strangers, and the word- God was letting me know this was in His plans for me.
So even though this was a dream of mine in the making and God was confirming it to me, I got to a point where I told God, “I don’t even want to think about doing this without You, so You will have to open the door for me.” The desire was there strongly, but it just wasn’t the right time.
Well, long story short, He opened the door for me in the most unexpected way… and needless to say, His timing was absolutely incredible.
Specifically during the past two years before I spoke, God put it on my heart to keep my mouth shut in terms of telling people about this desire or looking for opportunities. Trust me, I wanted to find opportunities badly, but it still wasn’t the right time! I felt strongly that if He wanted me to preach, He would open the door just by using my obedience to Him. This is always how God works- He wants to use us, but we must be faithful to Him first, above everything else.
In my millennial generation, there are many kids my age (I’m 26) who will fight for the opportunities to pursue their dream. We’re told to build our social platforms, brand ourselves or our brand, find our voice, and go after it no matter the cost. If your heart is pure in this, there’s nothing wrong with going this route. But the danger could be that you are more interested in the followers and applause than anything else. You can be in dangerous territory and make your dreams all about you than expanding the kingdom of God through being a servant. Can I be real? God doesn’t care about how many followers you have on Instagram, the amount of people who like or share a post- that doesn’t get you brownie points with God.
God cares most about the purity of our heart and our obedience to Him. He cares more about us resting and abiding in His presence, and allowing Him to do a deep work in our hearts that is a result of our pursuit of His heart.
Recently in a study of mine, I was brought to the book of Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament. Malachi was a prophet of the Lord, and He was sent to the people of Israel to speak of what God was going to do. Israel was promised a Messiah, a King to deliver them.
In Malachi 3:1 it says, “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”
Who is coming? Jesus. The baby born in a manger sent from our Father in heaven. The one who was sent to deliver not only Israel, but anyone who puts their faith in Him.
What is incredible to me is the time frame of this verse and its fulfillment. After Malachi, God didn’t speak again until 400 years later. FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. After generations passed, He finally sent His Son at the perfect time to be born of a virgin, in a manger, in the town of Bethlehem.
If you’re like me, you don’t understand anything about God’s timing. But though we don’t understand, His word says “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” If He sent Jesus to die for us at just the right time, then everything He has ever done in history has also happened at just the right time.
At just the right time- Christ died for us. At just the right time, He was sent for us. And at just the right time, He will work things out in your life. It may not be what you expected. It may be in ways you never thought of, but as you follow Him, He will be faithful to establish His plans in your life.
God is all knowing, all powerful, and infinite in His understanding, wisdom, and knowledge. Me, I am not any of these things. My brain can only understand so much of God and His ways. In this place of not understanding Him- this is where faith comes in.
Though we may not understand everything, though we might not understand why seasons change or don’t change, we can trust Him because He is a good God and a good Father. He is always working, though it might not seem like it. He is always up to something, even in the mundane of life. Through the power of His word and the wind of His Spirit within us, He is always speaking because Christ bridged the gap for us once and for all.
I don’t know where you’re at this season- maybe your life is going great and you’re in the season of fulfilled dreams. Maybe you have just experience loss and grief, and Christmas isn’t making things any easier. Maybe you have experienced God’s deliverance in your life, but you’re back at the place of not understanding what is happening to you. Whoever you are, whatever you are dealing with, take heart because Christ is with you. If you have given your life to Him fully, His Spirit is with you and He will never leave you. He is with you to comfort you, give you peace that surpasses understanding, and to give you His joy and His strength.
When His timing doesn’t make sense to us, somehow it does to Him. All we need to do is rest in the mystery of faith and trust in Him because He is good.
God bless you friend and Merry Christmas!