Waiting On God’s Timing

The longest period it took me to compose and post a 500 word blog was over 2 years. In fact, I began composing the blog sometime in July 2013 and finally posted it on February 19th 2015. You might ask why it took so long to do this, especially when avid bloggers take less time to crank out write ups.

There are many reasons why it took me this long to get back in the “blogging game”, some reasons are positive and some reasons to be honest with you are negative. There are the usual suspects like procrastination, laziness, discouragement, over analysis, low self-esteem,  incompetence and fault-finding to mention a few. However, there is a key reason, a positive one that we often ignore especially when we dwell on the negative reasons. That key reason or part is timing, God’s timing.

In the bible there is a story about a man named Noah. God instructed Noah to build an Ark and gave him detailed specifications on how to build it. The ark took quite sometime to complete, many biblical scholars posit that it must have taken him between 50 to 120 years to build the ark.  Now that is a long time if you ask me.

I wonder what people around Noah must have thought as he and his family went out to get materials day in and day out to build the ark. I am sure they made fun of Noah and his family as they embarked on this long project. I can also assume that Noah must have experienced moments of discouragement as year after year he waiting for rain. However, Noah and his family kept at it and at the right moment the rain began to fall, creating a flood. The ark served it’s purpose at the right time and it saved Noah entire family.

Sometimes we get worked up about how long a project, a relationship, a business or even a blog is taking us to develop. We get discouraged and down trodden over our inability to start and finish things in good time especially in our own time (when we want it). However, be encouraged friends, you are in good company as some great works just like Noah’s ark often took a long time to complete.

Do you know that that the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by the Maestro Leonardo Da Vinci took close to 4 years for him to complete?  The Christ the Redeemer statue, the great Brazilian landmark took almost 9 years to complete.  The  Taj Mahal in India took over 20 years to complete and the list goes on and on.

Habakkuk 2:3 says  “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (TLB)

There is an appointed time for everything to manifest itself. God’s time is the best and our ability to keep moving on, never giving up and most of all exercising patience while we wait, will get us to the finish line.

While it is true that not every great work of art or building or process takes a long time to complete just like the Empire State Building only took a little over a year to complete or God created the world in 7 days, one thing is certain, we must constantly patiently wait for God’s timing for the manifestation.

My prayer for you today is that in all your endeavors God will show to you the proper time to act, give you the patience to wait on His perfect timing and urge you to keep keeping on even when you feel like quitting.

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Trust God’s Timing

Have you heard of the expression “Slow and steady wins the race”? What about this one? “The patient dog gets the biggest bone.” These expressions show us that the race is not won by the swift or strong, it is won by those who trust in God’s timing and run their race according to God’s pace.

Sometimes, we get tempted to look at how everyone else is doing. We get discouraged especially when we see others making progress and we not. The more we look at other people’s accomplishments, the more we take the foot of the pedal of our own progress. Off course, there is nothing wrong with admiring others or learning from people but we must never mistake quick progress whether it is business, ministry or relationship with true success.

There is a very familiar story in the bible about  Abraham and Sarah.  God promised to give them a son.  They received the word with some excitement, however after 10 years of waiting for a child, they began to lose steam. Their faith faltered and they began they began to think of ways to make things happen in their own strength.

Gen 16:1-3  says

” Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.  So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.”

Their wish to take matters in their own hands, resulted in some consequences and troubles that lasted even beyond their life times.  They jumped the gun, God told them He would bless them with their own son but they got impatient. I know it seems unfair to call Abraham and Sarah impatient especially after  waiting on God to deliver for 10 years. However, patience in God’s eyes is not determined by how long you wait but by our willingness to just wait regardless of how long. If we are willing to wait and abide in God no matter how long  it takes, you will get to your “promised land” in God’s time.

My friends, God has you on schedule, trust the path He has carved out for you and trust in God’s timing. I am praying for you today for God to keep you focused on His path for your life and for God to grant us all divine patience to trust in His timing. God bless.