God’s timing is perfect. Don’t try to rush ahead of Him. Don’t give up because you can’t see Him working. Don’t lose heart because it doesn’t make sense. He knows what He is doing, and there is a reason for the delay… and a glorious plan beyond it!
“He hath made every thing beautiful in its time”(Eccl 3:10a, KJV). That’s from Ecclesiastes, and there’s so much wisdom in it. Everything is beautiful at the time God appointed for it. It would not be as beautiful if it was not fully ripened; fully matured; fully ready for the place that God has appointed for it. There are many promises in the Bible for those who wait for the LORD. He delights to do wonderful things for those who put their hope in Him.
“For the LORD is a God of judgement: blessed are all they that wait for him” Isaiah 30:18c.
Christians can trust our God because of the kind of God He is. He is a God of justice. He does not forget what has been entrusted to Him. He takes a special delight in coming through for those who wait for Him… in amazing, astounding, unbelievable ways!
“And thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” Isaiah 49:23b
He wants us to wait for Him: not to rush full steam ahead with our own clever ideas, but to wait on Him for His way. This is His promise: He acts for those who wait for Him. If we try to act in our own strength, what we try to do will not last and we will end up frustrated by our fruitless efforts, which will only tangle us in more problems. If we look to Him, wait for Him and seek Him, we will find blessing that we could not imagine.
The Lord delights to astound those who wait for Him.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
There is a way God wants us to respond: to wait quietly, trustingly and restfully, without panic or fear or doubt. This is the way of strength; the way that God delights to honour with deliverance.
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” Isaiah 30:15
The words above were written to Israel, God’s people, as they considered trying to solve the threat of being attacked by their enemies by their own strategy: going to Assyria (another enemy) for help. But this would only end in disaster. If they had turned to God, waited for Him and trusted in Him, He would have delighted to come through for them in an amazing way. Instead, they were unwillingly, and they turned to do things their own way instead. But the LORD’s heart was to bless them! He was only waiting for them to trust in Him so that He could shower them with the wonderful things He wanted to do for them.
“And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
This is the way of blessing: seeking Him and going forward as He leads, with Him ahead and Him leading every step of the way.
“For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.” Isaiah 52:10
The way of faith is not the way of panic or flight, but the way of returning and rest; the way of peace; the way of quiet trust.
Surrender to Him. Let Him be God. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). The enemy wants you to question God: to give in to unbelief and let go of your precious faith.
Remember Job, and his words when the enemy took everything away. Satan was trying to trick Job into cursing God. But Job’s eyes were fixed beyond his circumstances, to his God.
“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-22
Remember Abraham, who waited so many years for the promised son. He was stretched and stretched and stretched and stretched until it seemed impossible that God would answer and yet… and yet he held onto what God had told him, and we are still living in the aftershocks of the effects of that incredible promise coming true.
Remember how God honoured his faith.
Remember Sarah, trusting God for a baby, even though it seemed impossible.
“ Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.” Hebrews 11:11-12
Later, she laughed, when her baby was born, with sheer joy. She named him Isaac (he laughs).
Remember Abraham, ready to slay his son of promise, because his heart was looking at his God.
Remember Ruth, who laid everything down and followed her mother-in-law to Israel: to the God she had heard of, and had grown to love.
Remember how He blessed her for her faith.
“The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 2:12
And He did!
He met them when they laid it all down, obeyed and trusted, even in the dark.
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10
Is that you? You don’t understand? You have no light? You don’t get what God is doing? You feel like you’re in the dark? God tells you here what He wants you to do: Trust in the Name of the LORD, and depend upon your God.
Wait on the LORD.
Waiting on the LORD is the way of strength: the way of supernatural power: the way of flying up on wings like eagles as we wait for Him. As we look to Him, trust in Him and seek Him, we will find that He fills us with supernatural power, empowering and filling and enabling us in ways that we had not dreamed possible.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
It is here that we can know Him in a new way, in the stretching and pulling and growing of waiting… in the comfort and counsel and peace of His presence with us.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
And then, when the waiting is over and God’s time has come, we will find that He amazes us with the incredible ways that He has worked, doing over and above anything we could ask or imagine! All the glory will be His (and we will be so, so happy, too!).
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21