Is God’s “timing” based on a clock, or on our point of growth or development in Him?
John 7:6 – Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
One statement, or mind-set to which I often hear Christians refer, has to do with “God’s timing.” The reference may seem innocuous enough, but in reality, it is, more often than not, an assault on one’s own faith. When people say that someone will be saved in “God’s timing,” or healed in “God’s timing,” or one’s need will come forth in “God’s timing.” It may have been spoken innocently, believing that Father is the determiner as to the moment something is manifest, but in reality, such a statement is most often an attempt to explain away the reason the manifestation of their request from Father did not come when they felt it should. So they say, “It wasn’t God’s timing.” Let’s take a look at what God’s Word has to say about that.
Let us keep in mind that Jesus ministered in the earth as a prophet under the Old Testament Law. He referred to manifestations in His ministry as being connected to “My time.” At the wedding feast of Cana where Jesus turned water to wine, He referred to the time element as “my hour.” The Apostle Paul, in referencing time, spoke of a “time accepted,” and connected that related to the New Testament as “now.” My point is a simple one. While Father DOES move and perform mighty works, as did Jesus, and as does Holy Spirit, and when those works occur, they occur at some point in time, at a specific moment in time. But that in NO way implies that it has anything at all to do with “God’s timing.”
The reality is that it is NOT a matter of “God’s timing,” but in our own preparation that would have us prepared to receive something when we need it. Our problem is that most of us wait until we are in need of something before we begin to build our faith to receive it. Then when we don’t get it right away, we lay aside the responsibility by saying it was not in “God’s timing.” Once again, the issue is NOT “God’s timing,” but whether or not we have our own lives in order, having studied, prayed, exercised our faith, trusted Father, and stand fully prepared and ready to receive from Him that which He has already provided for us. It’s not a matter of “God’s timing,” but in our use of time to be prepared to receive at the moment IN time when we have the need.
Manna for Today – John 7:1-24; John 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14