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Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 – There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven…11 God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

When it comes to kingdom principles, timing is everything.  There are three important things we need to keep in mind as followers of Christ:

  • God’s will (what)
  • God’s way (how)
  • God’s time (when)

God has not only specific purposes and plans for us, His timing is always perfect.

GOD’S PLAN IS MADE PERFECT IN HIS TIME

God’s Plan Has An Appointed Time

Habakkuk 2:1–3 NLT –  I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how He will answer my complaint. 2 Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. 3 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. 

The Lord told Habakkuk to write the vision, BUT the things I plan won’t happen right away…. wait patiently for it…

When it comes to God’s will in our life, TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Jesus Not Only Knew The Father’s Plan, He Walked In The Father’s Timing

John 2:4 – Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

John 7:6 – Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready…”

John 17:1When Jesus had finished saying all these things, He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son so He can give glory back to You.”

GOD ACTS FOR THOSE WHO WAIT FOR HIM

Isaiah 64:4 –  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.”

God Acts For The One Who Waits For Him

“Acts” – “to make, manufacture, to do”   God promises to supernaturally “make” or “do” whatever we need if we will wait for Him.  

Genesis 1:6–8 NLT  Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens8 God called the space “sky.” 

Genesis 18:9–14 NKJV –  Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” 10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” 

If God can make the space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens – the “sky,” He can make anything happen for you will trust and wait on His timing.

Isaiah 64:4 GW –  No one has ever heard, no one has paid attention, and no one has seen any god except You. You help those who wait for You. 

When We Wait For God’s Timing, We Give Him The Opportunity To Act On Our Behalf

Those who are impatient and refuse to wait for God’s timing will never see God’s act in their life.

When you learn to trust in His timing, He acts to make things happen for you that you couldn’t do by yourself.  

WAITING REQUIRES TRUSTING IN GOD’S TIMING

Lamentations 3:25-26 –  The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

Impatience Is A Sign Of Not Trusting God

Psalm 27:11-14 –  Teach me how to live, O Lord.  Lead me along the path of honesty, for my enemies are waiting for me to fall.  12 Do not let me fall into their hands.  For they accuse me of things I’ve never done and breathe out violence against me. 13 Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. 14 Wait patientlyfor the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalm 37:7-9, 34 –  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for HimDo not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrathDo not fretit only causes harm. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth… 34 Wait on the Lord, And keep His way.

Waiting is not about being passive, indecisive, procrastinating.  Waiting is actively seeking God for His timing, which could be to act by faith even if the circumstances are impossible or to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

It takes faith to stand still, not move and wait.  

Trust Involves Keeping Our Eyes On The Goodness Of God

Lamentations 3:25-26 – The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”

If God denies good things in the present, it’s only because He has something better for us in the future. 

God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. 

They can wait because they know that God’s grace is made perfect in weakness…

2 Corinthians 12:7–9  And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

How Does The Bible Teach Us To Trust And Wait On The Lord?

Patiently – “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” (Psalm  37:7 NKJV)

Quietly – “Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1 NKJV)

Expectantly –    “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NKJV)

Courageously – “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14 NKJV)

Hoping in the Word – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.” (Psalm 130:5 NKJV)