Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.
Have you heard people use the phrase “divine timing”? Well I truly believe there is such a thing. Some of my experiences in life and those I’ve heard of many other believers make me certain that God is the God of time, place, people, and circumstances. There really is a time for every purpose and activity under heaven (Eccl. 3:1), and God determines when that time will be. Even the day of our death is already known before it even happens, and if God wanted to, He could show us the length of our days here on earth (Psalm 39:4). In fact, every day of our life was recorded in God’s book before we were even born (Psalm 139:16), and every word we’d say was already known before it was even on our lips (Psalm 139:1-6). So why can’t we trust God, Who knows with absolute certainty our future? This foreknowledge includes the day of those who pass from this life to the judgment, both for all the saved and all those who have never trusted in Christ (Heb. 9:27).
No Man or Woman Knows the Future
James knew that it was evil to even think about the future outside of the will of God (James 4:13-14). There is no reason to try and boast about what we’ll do tomorrow, for it may never even come (Prov. 27:1). Only God knows the future, and we must trust His divine timing in every aspect of our lives. Humans have always had the desire to know the future and propensity to try and predict it because God has put eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). However, we can’t trust our instincts but only God, Who is both the beginning and the end of all things (Rev. 21:6). Since not one of us can tell the future, why even try (Eccl. 8:7)? God alone knows those things that are not yet even in existence and has known them from ancient times (Isaiah 46:10). Just relax and trust God and His timing.
Praying in Trust
When we pray for things that don’t come quickly, how easy it is to grow discouraged. We cannot rush the mighty hand of God, and that’s a good thing because God’s timing is perfect; ours, not so much. God has complete, overall knowledge about what is truly best for us. When we pray, in God’s wisdom, He sometimes says “no, not yet” and sometimes “wait, I have something better for you.” If we really understood how God ran the universe, we’d thank God for unanswered prayer. Many years ago I prayed about one woman who I thought would make the best wife, but she just didn’t love me. It crushed me, and I was lonely for so long. But God had someone who was far superior for me, and she ended up being the best wife a husband could ever have. Oh, if God had answered my earlier prayer, how differently would my life have turned out! Thank you, God. I trust You and Your timing since You alone know the future.
A Closing Prayer
Father God, You are sovereign over time, places, people, and circumstances. Please forgive me when I have not trusted You enough and have grown impatient in waiting for answered prayer without realizing that my “no’s” to prayer were the best thing that could have ever happened to me, for the timing was all wrong, but you already knew that. In Jesus’ precious name I thank You and pray.
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