God’s Timing, Not Our Timing

God’s timing is not our timing, nor is our children’s timing comparable to ours. We want things when we feel their need, and, like children we can’t understand His delays.

In Hebrews 4:16, we are told, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” “Time of need” in Greek is eukairon. It means a fitting time or opportunity.

The same word, eukairon, also appears in the Greek version of the Psalms in the Septuagint, in Psalm 104:27, which tells us, “These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.” This makes the meaning very clear. The help God promises and gives is not in terms of when we want it but in terms of His determination of the “due season.”

This does not sit well with us. We may be old and white haired, but in relation to the Lord, we are often like spoiled children. We want things when we ask for them. God’s Word tells us, in due season.

Scripture tells us that God’s gifts are very real to those “that wait upon the LORD” (Isa. 40:31, etc.). God assesses all our needs, and He determines the timing of all things. He is not our personal valet or maid to serve us when we demand it, but our Heavenly Father to give us what He determines we need, in due season.

Moreover, what Hebrews 4:16 tells us is that we are to go boldly to the throne of grace primarily for mercy and grace. We usually have a long shopping list when we pray, but how often are mercy and grace on that list, or high on that list?

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Taken from the newly released
A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Vol. 5.
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