Don’t Get Impatient And Put a Timer on God

 

God’s timer is perfect. He is always right on time.

A timer is a must when you’re baking a cake. But, putting God on a timer isn’t a wise move. Have you ever been guilty of putting a timer on God? Sometimes our impatience places a timer on God that says, “God, I know will take care of this, but can you hurry?” Waiting can often be a frustrating experience. Today’s society has geared us towards a get it fast mentality. We have become  a society that expects instant gratification. None of us like to wait in long check out lines at the store or having to take numbers at the service counter. Today’s hustle and bustle world has created the monster of impatience in all of us. I would be the first to admit that patience is not one of my strengths. Waiting in checkout lanes, or in the drive through at McDonald’s is trivial. The waiting that is the true test of our faith and character is the waiting that occurs during the difficult periods of our life.  It is in those times of waiting on God to intervene for us that our levels of faith and patience are tested. 

Anytime we have serious concerns and issues that need God’s intervention, it can be very difficult and stressful waiting on God. I like what James said in the Bible about enduring difficulties and having patience. James said. “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. Let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” (James 1:2-4 Living Bible) The words of James are words we all need to take to heart. Trusting God and having faith is easy when everything is going well. As James said, it is when the way gets rough that our patience has a chance to grow. Difficulties and trials develop our patience and faith. There may be times in your life it seems you are on the brink of disaster. Life sometimes throws struggles at you that leave you needing God to throw you a lifeline of peace to keep you from drowning in the ocean of despair. It is during those times trusting God and having patience is difficult. During the times when you feel you are a paycheck away from homelessness, a doctor’s appointment away from a death sentence, or facing a seemingly impossible situation, God can perform a miracle. God has worked out situations for me that seemed headed towards the edge of the cliff. Even during my most dire and discouraging dilemmas in life, God has proven over and over again that He is never late. I have to remind myself that because God is an eternal God, and a God who has no beginning and no end, time is different to God. A year, five years, ten years, or any amount of time equates to just fractions of seconds when compared to eternity. When it takes months or years for the hardships and problems we face to be resolved, to us it seems forever. To God, it is just a blip on the radar of eternity.

Sitting still and waiting on God during a difficult time in life isn’t easy. The Book of Psalms tells us to do just that; be still and wait. In Psalms we are told to “rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalms 37:7 Living Bible) I would encourage anyone experiencing a difficult time in life to keep trusting God and don’t lose hope. Don’t try to put God on a timer, only to tumble into despair when the amount of time that you placed on your timer runs out. God’s ways are above our ways, He does things in His time, and God is NEVER late. I remember an old chorus that was frequently sung in the church I grew up in as a kid. The song said, “Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle.” Just because God hasn’t answered your prayers within your timetable doesn’t mean He has turned a deaf ear and is unaware of your situations. God knows, God cares, and He is even now working behind the scenes in your behalf in ways you don’t even realize. Hang in there. Don’t be tempted to put a timer on God.  

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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