As women (and men) we often want everything right now, right this second here in front of me, be that the new Iphone, Zoella bath product or your boyfriends attention. We live in a culture where things are now immediate, we can download films, music and books with the click of a button and we can send messages to our friends or ring them to get instant responses to things. The world moves at a very fast pace and as Christians it’s hard not to get swept up in a culture of business and immediacy and this can be reflected in our relationship with God. I know that personally I am guilty of praying to God asking him for things I feel I need and then wondering why its taking him so long.We want him to answer our prayer right here right now. But is this really what we should be expecting from God? Should we really be putting our timing above his?
In Galatians 5:22 we are told “the fruit of the Spirit is ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness….” and later in verse 25 “let us keep in step with the Spirit”. We are told to “keep in step with the spirit” to want to embody these gifts and they will help us to be closer to God and to be more like Christ. We all struggle with keeping different fruits of the Spirit but one thing I hear Christians often struggle with is patience. But patience is so key to getting closer to God and to better trusting and understanding his will, it is so important that we are patient and trust his will.
Throughout the bible there are so many verses that tell us God’s timing is perfect and patience is the key to trusting God. In Ecclesiastes 3: 1 it says “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven” and again in verse 11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time”. God has a plan and a will and everything fits into that plan perfectly. Not when we want it, not when your Mum wants it, not when your boyfriend, sister, vicar or rabbit wants it but when God wants it. And because it is in his time it is made beautiful by him.
If God is the centre of your life as we are told he should be then why do we worry so much? Why are we so anxious that things are done when we want them instead of trusting in God and in his timing. Acts 1:7 says “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority”. It is not for us to know why or when but to trust in him, to trust that he’s got it all sorted because he has.
And when we do trust in him things are often even better than we ever imagined, so many times I have been amazed by what God has done in my life. There have been times when I have prayed and prayed asking why do I feel so low? Why is this so hard? Why won’t you take it away? But I carried on trusting I prayed that I knew it would be right and that I trusted him, and he has been faithful as always. One thing I think can be really helpful and encouraging in this area is to keep a diary and to look back and see how perfect Gods timing is, that everything came at such a perfect time and, had it come when you wanted it it wouldn’t have been as amazing.
Let me know if you’ve had any thoughts or experiences with trusting Gods timing in the comments. God bless!