God’s Perfect Timing

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:5-10

Trust. Such a small word that carries a huge weight behind it.  Have you ever put your trust in man? I think many of us have experienced the pain of a broken trust.  It’s not the best feeling in the world.  In fact, it can be real damaging in many ways.  That’s why God says, “cursed is the man who puts his trust in man.” He even goes on to say that he will be like a shortened bush…meaning he will be like a person who won’t reach their full potential.  If we want to be people who reach their full potential in life, we have to learn to put our trust in the one who controls life.  And that person is God.

Do you trust God? Now don’t be quick to say yes. Think about it. Do you really trust God? Let me ask you another question, has there ever been a time in your life where you had a need and wanted God to work it out the way you wanted Him to? Be honest. If you’re honest with yourself…then chances are you’ll be able to remember many times like that.  I’m sure there have been times when you said, “If I was God…then I’d…” But aren’t you glad that you’re not God? I’m glad you’re not God.  Truth is, it’s hard to wait on God.  But God is never late…he always shows up on the scene at exactly the right time.

When we don’t fully trust God’s sovereignty and timing, we’ll begin to ask the why and when question.  We’ll start to wonder “what are you waiting for God?” Our tendency is to want things now. But remember, God has an appointed time to answer your prayer.  I remember in my own life that I received a prophecy in my early walk with God that I was going to be a pastor one day and do all kinds of things for God’s kingdom.  You know how long it took for that to come to pass? 17 years! Let me say that again, 17 years!!! It’s hard to wait on God, but when you understand God’s timing…you’ll live a stress free life.  Don’t be like Abraham who received a promise that he would have a child with Sarah. Instead of waiting on God, he had a child with Hagar and had Ishmael.  There are too many christians that have Ishmael’s in their lives when God intended for Isaacs!

A few things that can help:

  • Wait patiently
  • God often works the most when we see it and feel it the least
  • Be wise. Learn to wait and trust on God’s perfect timing