“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5, NKJV).
We live in a world that wants everything fast. From high speed internet to fast food restaurants, to fast cars and automatic bill pay, it goes without being said that instant gratification is the order of the day. If we’re not careful, we can fall into the trap of wanting things to happen immediately to the neglect of perfect timing.
In a world that prides itself on speed, patience is our least concern. Waiting is a dreaded fear. We forget that the best things often do not come as fast as we may like. They take time. And time takes time. Thus, we resort to other measures to satisfy our desires, never realizing that at some point, we will have to patiently wait for what we really want.
God tells us in His Word to “wait on Him.” God’s timing is not our timing. In fact, God does not work in time at all. This verse implies that there is a specific, certain reason why we should wait on God. If we get ahead of God, we will most certainly fail. We will fall into traps and encounter setbacks that we would not have otherwise run into if we had gotten behind God instead of in front of Him.
Someone once said, “Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.”
When we try to do things on our time, we only get what our feeble strength and finite minds can do. But when God does something for us, in His time, we get what the Almighty, infinite, eternal God can do. God often has to close the doors on the “good” we think we’re getting in order to give us His “best”. When God makes things happen, it’s certain and final. Nothing or nobody, not even us, can overturn what God does or take away what God gives.
Someone once said, “Waiting upon the Lord is knowing that everything comes in it’s right time.”
In perfect time, all things will come together. Don’t worry about how or when or why. Noah and his family would have never been saved during the Flood, Moses would have never led the Israelites to the Promised Land, Joseph would have never become prime minister of Egypt, Esther would have never saved her people from total destruction, and Daniel would have never been saved from the lions if they had not waited on God’s perfect timing.
God’s timing is perfect. He is never early and never late. He has our best interests at heart and knows what we need, who we need, and when we need it. If we trust Him, He will place us in the right place at the right time. All things will come together in perfect time if we wait on God and trust His good will for our lives.
Lord, often we attempt to get ahead of You by trying to do things in our own strength, on our own time. Help us to yield ourselves to Your will and to the perfect plan You have for us. Help us ultimately to trust You and to give You first place in our lives. It is in You that we can rest and find the grace to be patient for Your perfect plan and purpose to come to pass, in perfect time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.