... a weekly letter of encouragement.
Singapore September 20, 1995
ONE OF OUR PROBLEMS WITH GOD IS THAT HE SEEMS TO BE ON A DIFFERENT TIME SCHEDULE
Living as we do in the fast paced world of deadlines and a "Time is Money" paradigm, the idea of waiting around for God to do something comes off as impractical, mystical, and...well -- Irritating. We can identify with the guy who prayed for patience, "Lord, I want patience, and I want it now!!"
And yet...that is often what God expects us to do: Wait. We have to admit that His sense of timing often mystifies us:
- He calls Abraham, promises him a great nation and then waits 25 years before allowing him to have his first son, Issac (Genesis 12, 16).
- He allows the Nation Israel to languish under Egypt's heel for 430 years of slavery before calling Moses to their rescue (Exodus 12:40).
- And when He finally does call Moses, He first has him out tending sheep for 40 years.
(Exodus 2, 3)
Certainly we can concur with God's statement, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways My ways..." (Isaiah 55:8)
So let me ask you: Are you usually rushed? In a hurry? Driving toward a goal? Anxious about getting things done?
COULD IT BE THAT FROM TIME TO TIME YOU GET OUT IN FRONT OF GOD BY PUSHING THINGS YOUR WAY...ACCOMPLISHING YOUR AGENDA ON YOUR TIME TABLE?
Our Sovereign Father who knows the end from the beginning, promises to make "All things beautiful in His time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Everything God intends, will happen: "...Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned, so it will stand." (Isaiah 14:24)
Perhaps we need to be reminded that the Scriptures usually equate rushing with sinning:
"It is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs." (Proverbs 19:2)
So take heart dear friend in Christ. Rest in the Psalmist's admonition to "Let go, relax, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Our loving Father is profoundly interested in every detail of your life. He will see you through to the end...IF YOU WILL LET HIM DO IT HIS WAY AND ON HIS TIME TABLE.
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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