In God’s Timing

It’s so easy to be face-to-face with the problems of today that we feel overwhelmed. Yesterday we looked at the fact that because God is, there is always hope. Remembering that means taking a long term view. It means looking past today’s troubles and understanding that God will work things out according to His will in His Own timing. And that’s something to consider for today. For instance:

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years. – Luke 1:5-7, NASB

and

Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the LORD.” – 1 Samuel 1:19-20, NASB

and

Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. – Genesis 21:1-2, NASB

All three situations are cases where a woman of faith was not able to have a child. In Elizabeth and Sarah’s case we know both were well past the expected child bearing years (Sarah was 90) when God blessed them with their children. In Hannah’s case, it had been many years, so we don’t know how old she was, but we know that this heartbreak had gone on for many years. Another example, which I didn’t cite the Scriptures for, is Rachel, but there may have been extenuating circumstances there due to the lack of affection towards Leah by Jacob. In any case, it is likely that Sarah and Elizabeth had given up hope. Hannah was probably pretty close. They had waited for years and God had not answered their prayers.

But God did. It was in His timing, but He did answer all three in powerful ways. So powerfully, in fact, that they are recorded in Scripture as examples for us to remember. They say, “The Lord is faithful and He will accomplish all He has promised. Wait on the Lord.” Current circumstances may seem unmanageable. But they are if we remember that God is ultimately in control. There is nothing that happens that He doesn’t permit. This isn’t to say He condones. But it means that He knows what you’re going through. You’re going through it for a reason. You may not understand it, but He does. If there’s not a sin issue present, trust in God. If it is something in keeping with His will, you will see or hear his answer in a mighty way. But that means we’ve got to trust that He has the timing right. Don’t give up hope. Don’t seek to “make things happen” if He’s not directing you to do so. Wait on the Lord. Wait on His timing. It’ll be worth it.

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