God's impeccable timing
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
- Psalm 27:14
Have you ever felt like God was taking forever?
Forgot about you?
Or was doing things completely out of order?
What if I told you that God’s timing is impeccable. In Fact, He never misses a beat, He does everything on time and according to His perfect will. Although it may seem like His timing is inconvenient or random at times; He knows exactly what He's doing.
This is something that I've had to learn in my own life, and I‘m still gaining knowledge and experience about it in my current season. It can be very difficult to trust God because we don't always understand what's going on. Nor do we always see the bigger picture. But I'm confident that God works all things together for our good and His timing is superior to ours.
Here are some of my favorite examples of just how unique, yet impeccable God’s timing is.
Lazarus - God is never late.
Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus, however when Jesus heard the news that Lazarus was sick, He didn't rush to see him, instead, He stayed right where He was for an additional 2 days. He intentionally took His time and waited for the right moment to go and see Lazarus. Some would say that the perfect time for Jesus to see Lazarus would've been right when He got the news, however, He had His own methods. The first thing that Lazarus's sisters said to Jesus when He finally arrived was “Jesus if you had been here earlier our brother would not have died”. They both felt as if Jesus was late and had missed His opportunity to heal Lazarus; they also bought the lie that death was the end for their brother. However Jesus didn't wait to see Lazarus because He hated him, in fact, the word tells us that Jesus wept; because He felt pain from the situation, He too loved Lazarus. He waited because the timing had to be just right. Whenever Jesus arrived He wasn't nervous, afraid, or apologetic, He got there right when He needed to. It might’ve appeared as if He was late because Lazarus had already died, but Jesus was right on time.
You see, God has His own clock, He doesn't follow the same times and seasons that we do, because He is GOD, and He is much bigger than our concept of time. He doesn't need to show up within our time frame or before our deadlines, because He is more than capable of showing up “late” and doing things perfectly. So don't look around at your environment and get weary because it seems as if it's too late, as long as God steps on the scene it doesn't matter what your situation looks like. Nothing is impossible for Him, it's never too late for God to work! It's also obvious from the text that Jesus wasn't pressured by their urgency because He knew that He would arrive in His perfect timing and everything would be just fine.
Also, keep in mind that Lazarus had been dead for four days! Biologically, decomposition had already taken place. So his internal organs had already decomposed, bloating had already taken place, some bodily liquid had already leaked from his body, and imagine the smell that propelled from his rotten flesh! However Jesus did not only raise Lazarus from the dead, But He also reversed the entire decomposition process as if Lazarus had never died. Lazarus didn't come from his tomb looking like death or even smelling like death. He probably looked refreshed like a brand new man. Whenever God works, He goes all out and does things with excellence. He also leaves things better than how He found them. Although Jesus showed up at a later time, He moved with power and authority. So the timing wasn't an issue in the end, just a detail in the story. Never underestimate the power of God simply because His timing doesn't match up with yours. Jesus could have healed Lazarus from his sickness, but raising him from the dead was the plan all along! God allowed Lazarus to die just so that he could resurrect! Goes to show that God is never late. We just have to be willing to wait for His timing, because He is intentional about every second, minute, and hour that exist on this planet.
Noami - God can redeem time.
Noami had her whole life set in front of her then “poof” she seemingly had nothing. Everything changed dramatica