It is quite easy to always want to accomplish things according to our own timeline. We make our schedules and plans but do we always seek God and wait on his timeline. I could tell many stories of the times I sought to do things according to a timeline I thought was wise and things ended up not working out how I wanted.
This is because as much as I wanted to carry out my plans without seeking God’s guidance first, he always had a greater purpose for me and his purpose for my life would be accomplished, despite my ill-advised interferences.
Most of the times how we think our situations should work out is not how they eventually do. We sometimes want to rush to accomplish things because we look at the journey of others and think we should be where they are too. I have made many plans which didn’t happen because I didn’t seek to understand if I was following God’s timing. I have made the mistake enough times now to know a few things about God’s timing.
God’s Timing is Perfect
His timing is perfect because he knows what is to come and what has already been for you. He sees your situation outside of the time limits that you use to assess them. He sees them from an eternal perspective, while we view them from a perspective of life on this earth only. I love how this verse describes God’s knowledge of our times. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands (Luke 17:26). Because of his knowledge and his love for us we can rely on his timing even when it doesn’t make sense to us or anyone else.
Our Insight is Limited to What God Reveals To Us
What we see is an incomplete picture as Corinthians 13:12 tells us, ” Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.
We are never in full possession of God’s entire plan but we can be confident in what he reveals to us and work from that until the next steps are revealed. As I was recently studying the book of Acts, I noticed that the Apostles relied fully on the Holy Spirit for direction about everything they did. They did not seek to do things according to their own timeline but they waited and worked in partnership with the Holy Spirit.
Our Timing Leads to Missed Opportunities
Sometimes we miss out on opportunities because we are not in tune with what God is doing in a particular season.There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecc. 3:1). How true are these words? The writer of Ecclesiastics wanted us to know that life is made up of different phases. What we are experiencing now will eventually change, so we should live in awareness and focus on to the right opportunity for each season.
It is for us to partner with God during each season and not miss what he is doing. We will often save ourselves time and pain if we do this. When we understand what he is doing in each season of our lives we can take advantage of the right opportunities.
His Timing Gives us The Best Results
We get the best results because we are in alignment with the one who knows what is best for us. Sometimes “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). When we follow God’s word we walk into the best path for our lives. It is as with Eve when she was deceived by the serpent into thinking that eating the fruit would have given her a good result but in the end led to death.
God’s timing may seem to be taking a while but continue to wait on him. Maybe God is teaching you patience for the next season of your life. If you ignore his timing and rush into what you feel you should be doing then you will miss out on the important lesson he is teaching you.