Slow Down Long Enough to Trust (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 326)
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
Yet 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.
Society promotes fast, quick, and easy ways to do nearly anything. We fly in planes because they’re faster than cars. We go to fast food restaurants not because the food is better but because the idea is for it to be quick. We hold on to our devices tighter than our children because almost everything we need is at the click of a button. Most of us buy our food at the store instead of growing it because growing it takes too long. People are always looking for a better, faster, more efficient way to get projects done or to obtain services.
But fast is not always better. In fact, sometimes it is downright terrible. And fast in God’s kingdom does not really exist. If you want God to do things in your life and to work on your behalf, you have to be willing to slow down and trust His process. When we express an impatient attitude, we’re really saying that we don’t trust God. When we hurry through life, worrying about what is going to happen, we’re saying God’s promises are not true and that he does not have our best interests at heart.
You begin to try to force things, defend yourself and feel like you’re gasping for air all because you’re striving and struggling to do it in your own power and strength without God’s help. Solomon said, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time…but people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” God has a plan. Always. From the beginning of time to the very end, he has everything ready to come to pass. But here’s the real catch: It’s going to happen in his time and in his way.
One of the most frustrating things in life is when you’re in the fast lane and God is driving at a snail’s pace. When we begin to trust God, we will learn that God has our best interests at heart. He knows us because He made us and He wants us to live abundantly, freely, and blessedly. If we’re speeding through life, it is highly likely we will miss many of God’s blessings. He sends them in His time, not in ours. God know the right way and the right time and His ways are perfect.
Your dreams and goals are going to happen. Your vision is going to come to pass. That thing you are longing for, that change you are desiring, it will come. You don’t need to strive and struggle or fight and force your way through. Doing so is a waste of time and energy. You only need to do two things: be patient and trust. It’s going to happen and when it does it will be in God’s time, in God’s way, and according to God’s perfect will.
“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.”