“God’s timing is perfect,” “Just trust in God’s timing,” I am sure you have heard these phrases a couple times in your life. Maybe you’ve even heard them when you least wanted to. But I am here to tell you that what can be misconstrued as an over used christian phrase, or a comment someone makes when they don’t know how to explain your current life struggles, is completely true. God’s timing is indeed perfect, in every way. If you have been able to recognize God’s timing in your own life, I am sure you agree that it always ends up being better than us trying to rush something, or trying to make something slow down ourselves. It is much better to wait for God and have everything fall into place than to rush and have everything fall apart.
So why is it that God’s timing is a topic discussed so often? I believe it is for two reasons 1) Waiting for God and understanding God’s timing is mentioned in the bible over and over again because God knew it would be something we would struggle with. 2) Our idea of the right timing and God’s idea of right timing tend to be very different. “The least will become a thousand, and the smallest a powerful people. I am the Lord; at the right moment, I will hurry it along.” (Isaiah 60:22). When the moment is right, in God’s eyes, it will happen. So why is it that it always seems to take so long? God knows everything about your life, every moment from the past, present and future. “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). The reason you have to wait sometimes is because He has a plan greater than you could imagine. For example, sometimes the job you’ve been wanting doesn’t take you, but something better comes up later. That’s the beauty of God’s timing!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). So now you may be asking, “Why should I trust in God’s plan for me, if I already have plans for myself?” Trusting in God’s plans for our lives is one of the biggest struggles of being a christian. He answers the question above in a very simple way though. Here it is: He knows more than we do. That’s it. When it comes to our futures we have blinders on, but He knows everything that is going to happen in our future. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Just let go, let God control, and let Him be the God of your life. One of the major roles in having a good relationship with God is trusting in His timing and His plan. When we decide to move forward without God, it is as if we are telling the God of the universe that He has no idea what He is doing. When in reality, we have no idea what we are doing and God is the one who knows the outcome. Take comfort in the fact that the one who holds your life loves you more than anyone ever could. When you put Him first things really will start falling into place. Trust in Him, put your hope in Him, His timing is perfect.
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)