God's Timing

Posted on 10/23/2016 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set me feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire and
Melt me Lord 'til only you remain!


Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth

For God is great
and greatly to be praised
God is great
and greatly to be praised

For thou O Lord art high
above all the earth
Thou are exalted
far above all gods

And I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee O Lord

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Have you ever felt as though things just weren't happening at the right time? "If only such-and-such had happened sooner," or, "If only this or that hadn't happened until I was ready," or, "I hope God comes through before this or that turns into a disaster?"

You've probably heard the well-known passage from Ecclesiastes chapter 3, which begins with the words, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."

There is a time for everything. Or, for every thing, there is a perfect time.

Let's read through verse 8, and then we'll talk a little more about God's (Perfect) Timing.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)

3 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Now, this passage lists a lot of things we would consider positive: Birth, healing, building up, laughter, dancing, love, and peace.

But it ALSO lists OTHER things for which there is a time: Death, killing, breaking down, weeping, mourning, hate, and war.

We don't like those things. And in John 10:10, Jesus says this:

John 10:10 (KMV*)

10 The thief comes for nothing but to steal, kill, and destroy; but I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it in overflowing abundance.

So we COULD say that these things: death, killing, breaking down, weeping, mourning, hate, and war, are what the enemy brings. And yet, for all those things, there is a season, there is a time.

We, of course, want to escape all those things. But during this short, fleeting vapor we call our life, there will be birth and death, laughter and weeping, dancing and mourning, gain and loss, love and hate, and peace and war.

And as the Psalmist says to God, "My times are in Your hand." YOUR times are in God's hand, too.

Acts 1:7 remind us that the times and seasons are in God's hand, under His authority.

Acts 1:7b (NKJV)

7b It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

Is God a bad timekeeper? Without knowing it, we can often feel that way. We know in the head that God's timing is always perfect, but we FEEL as though the timing for THIS thing or THAT thing is off, is too soon, is too late.

And so today, we can take this time to remember the truth that the times and the seasons for EVERYTHING are in God's hand, are under His authority, and we can SURRENDER it all to Him, trusting Him completely to take care of us in the perfect way, and in the perfect time.

So sometimes, seemingly bad things happen. But as Romans 8:28 tells us,

Romans 8:28 (KMV*)

8 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

So that thing that we think should have NEVER happened, since God is in it, molding and shaping it like a lump of clay in the Potter's hand, it is no longer something bad.

Painful, yes. Bad, no. For even before our mind has time to form a judgment against it, God is already using it; and anything that is in God's hand is as it should be, no matter how loudly the human mind protests.

Here's another well-known passage, in which the words of Jesus can speak to us today.

Matthew 6:25-24 (NKJV)

25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; or for your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?
26 Behold the birds of the air, for they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of greater value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add a forearm's length to his life's span?

28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they do not toil, neither do they spin,
29 And yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
30 Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore, do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or, 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?'
32 (after all these things the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
34 Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient unto the day are the troubles thereof.

God is in control. Birth and death, laughter and weeping, dancing and mourning, gain and loss, love and hate, and war and peace, all have a time during this season of mortality, this season of passing shadows, of fleeting vapors, of changing tides.

The dark clouds fill the skies, then the sun shines again. The storms come and the storms go. Things are destroyed, and things are built anew. We experience loss, and we experience gain. We laugh, we mourn, we dance, we cry.

And in whatever season you find yourself today, today is the perfect time for THAT season. It had a beginning, and it will have an end, just like all the other things in this world of form.

1 John 2:17 (TLS*)

17 And the world and its desires are passing away, but the one who abides in the pleasure of God dwells in eternal presence.

Walk with God.

Rest with God.

Dwell with God in His Holy Temple.

And with your feet firmly planted on His firm foundation, you can watch the storms come and go, gain and loss, pleasure and pain, joys and sorrows; and you can know, not just in the head, but to the core of your being, that the time for THIS is PERFECT.

And so we make our petitions known unto God, and do our part to effect change when appropriate; and we trust God COMPLETELY to answer our need in His Perfect Time and in His Perfect Way.

And the invitation to you today is this: Stop worrying, as though God will not continue to take care of you; Stop fighting, as though God's timing is off or His judgment is lacking; Stop resisting what is right now, as though God is not still perfectly on the throne;

And instead, Fully Surrender to HIS Hand, HIS Timing, and HIS Ways, as you dwell with Him in those heavenly places, seated with Messiah, in the Holy Temple of God.