Friday, August 1, 2014

God's Perfect Time Table

One thing I have learned about God’s timing is it’s not the same as mine.  I want things done a little early for my own comfort and assurance.  God doesn’t seem to be on my timetable though. 

There are promises I received from Him many years ago, and I’m still waiting on some of them to manifest themselves. 

God’s timing is perfect.  He knows the exact time when we are ready for His answers to our prayers.  He has not forgotten us.  He will complete the work He has begun – in His own time and in His own way!

Today I was reading 1 Samuel 13 about King Saul when the Philistines assembled against the Israelites.   Samuel told Saul to wait in Gilgal for him to arrive so he could offer sacrifices and give Saul instruction before going into battle. 

Samuel’s set time was seven days.  It came.  It went.  I don’t know what the hold up was.  Maybe it was just a test to see what Saul would do.   As a result, Saul took matters into his own hands and offered the burnt offering himself.  When he was done, Samuel arrived.    

If Saul had just waited a little longer, he would have been smack dab in the center of God’s will.  It’s so easy to take matters in our own hands and receive results that are far from God’s desire for us.

Jerry and I were separated many years ago, and God told me to wait for Him to restore our marriage.  After trying everything I could think of myself to help God out, I finally let go and decided to do things God’s way. 

We were separated for a year and a half, and at one point I was just ready for it to be over or to move on with my life.  It was taking our youngest son to the duck pond that got me back on track. 

Nate and I fed the ducks pretty regularly.   They were always excited to see us, knowing they would receive a treat.  They were on the other side of the pond and refused to come, which was unusual. 

After quite a while, I told Nate the ducks were not coming today and we needed to go home.  He was insistent they were coming.   After calling the ducks many times with no movement, I picked Nate up and turned half way around to leave.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw the ducks coming towards us.  The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “You can turn and walk away one minute too soon and miss everything I have for you.”  I knew he was not talking about ducks. 

Today, if you are tired of waiting, please don’t turn away too soon.  God will complete the work He has begun.  It will not be done in your timing and probably not in your way, but God will fulfill every promise He has given you. 

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