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Friday, October 21, 2016

Even Though I May Be In A Hurry, God Is Not

In review of Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says, “God ... does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing”

Bottom Line:
God’s timing is perfect even though we may not fully understand what he is doing.

What this means to me:
God does everything at just the right time, however it’s difficult at times to completely understand what he is doing and why it doesn’t fit my timing.

Today's verse comes from the first part of Ecclesiastes 3. Solomon is telling us that there is a time for everything. He tells us that for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. However, what do people really get for all their hard work. Even though we may endure burdens, God has made everything beautiful for its own time. God has planted eternity and a future into our hearts. However we do not realize the whole scope of God's work, from the beginning to the end. So I, Solomon, conclude that there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. We should eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of our labor, for these are gifts from God.

Part of adjusting my life and following his priorities is learning to trust in God’s timing. When I get impatient, it shows a lack of trust on my part. It like telling God that I don’t think He has my best interest at heart. He doesn’t know when I need it and doesn’t he realize I’m in a hurry. This turns to worry and I get hurried and start to scurry because my lack of trust in God to do it at the right time and in the right way.

In reality, fast isn’t always better. Today’s verse from Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “God ... does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing” (NCV).

His Word tells me that he has a plan and a timetable for my life.  However, he doesn’t always explain his timetable. Unfortunately, this can be source of frustration, because I’m in a hurry and He’s not. However, like a when a child grows up, part of maturing is having to learn the difference between “no” and “not yet.” A delay is not necessarily a denial. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I need to learn the same thing with God: A delay is not a denial. God knows the right time and the right way. He has a plan and a timetable. And his timing is always perfect.

Habakkuk 2:3 has a great verse regarding waiting and patience, “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:3 NLT).

Visions God has given me that haven’t happened, are coming. It’s just on God’s timetable and not mine. In the meantime, I should keep on trusting God and slow down. So while I wait the best thing for me to do is to be happy and enjoy myself as long as I can. I should eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of my labor, as these are all gifts from God.