“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6 NIV)
Sometimes we want to push things forward; sometimes we want to hold back. As the Teacher says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time for everything, but we don’t always have the timing down right. We’re ready for a romantic relationship and so we push for one; or we aren’t ready and so push one away. We may have our eyes on a particular job or make plans for a dream trip, but it doesn’t work out the way we had hoped. The timing was just off.
If you read the Bible thoroughly, you will find that God’s timing is perfect. The angel of the Lord stopped Abraham just at the right time from killing his son, Isaac. He sent the fish to inhale Jonah just in time to save him from drowning. And He timed Jesus’ arrival on earth and subsequent death to have maximum impact in the world.
As we look ahead in our lives, we need not be anxious about how things are going to work. When will I get married? What will I be doing after college? How long should I remain in my current job? These are questions God will answer in His time. We can give thought to them and make some tentative plans, but, as Proverbs 16:9 says, it is the Lord who directs our steps. In His time.
Today, may you find comfort in knowing that God’s timing is perfect. You can trust Him to work things out—in His time.
© Jim Musser 2017