We live in a world where information is at our fingertips and available 24/7. A world where quickness over quality has become the norm.
The age of smartphones and social media allows for instant connection. People want – and expect instant results.
What if we treat God the same way we treat our worldly expectations?
In order to live a Christian life as God desires, knowing biblical principles is vital. Learning to obey the Father and leave the consequences to Him is perhaps one of the most critical principles. While His timing is not often ours, it is always perfect.
We must guard against jumping ahead of Him. I know waiting on God is not always easy. I can recall comparing my life to others, asking Him why not me? Why haven’t I found the right job yet? Why can’t I find someone to share my life with? I was seeking speed and convenience, overlooking the fact that He sees every aspect of our lives, including our needs and desires.
How are you handling God’s timing your life? If you find yourself struggling, take a look a Proverbs 16:9: “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.”
You can never go wrong by letting Him guide and lead you according to His timing. Not that long ago, my wife and I were in-between churches for an extended period of time. While it was a frustrating situation, we stood on the promise that God understands what’s best for us. Resting on this principle led us to Greater Life Church, where we’ve seen our relationship with Him grow significantly. God knew all along the plans he had for us – and what a wonderful blessing it has been.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”- Psalm 27:14
Look at all the waiting that occurred in the Bible. Noah had to wait for the rain to stop. David did not become king instantly; the Israelites waited 40 years to move into the Promised Land. It’s important to remember that speed and convenience doesn’t always equate to better. Yet, we tend to take this mindset and apply it to our relationship with God. We want – and expect (much like we do with worldly things) – to hear from Him right away. Before you know it, the practice of waiting on the Lord becomes nonexistent.
Don’t let this habit creep in. Speak to Him, learn to listen to Him. The more you communicate with God and get in the Word, the more you will understand his vision of time. The Bible promises that He will direct our paths. And although we may seek the answer immediately, remember, God’s perspective is eternal. He knows what’s best for us at all times. Let Him work in your life.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11