“There is an Appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes3:1).
Think about how profound this verse is. It speaks to the unfathomable wisdom of God. Knowing the end of all things from the beginning, He has set an appointed time to every relevant event under the heavens. Accordingly, God’s timing has implications on our blessings.
Sometimes, the reason God seems to be taking so long to grant you your blessing has nothing to do with a lack of faith. Nor is it because it’s not the will of God or because He is still thinking about whether or not He should grant your request. But sometimes based on God’s appointed time the time is not yet.
The following verse speaks to the reality of God’s timing and the realization of your blessing: “You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36). I am convinced that sometimes we miss out on receiving from God because we fail to endure the wait until His appointed time.
For instance, some Christians find themselves in a marriage they wish they were not in because they failed to wait on God. Perhaps all of us have gotten ahead of Him on something because we couldn’t or wouldn’t wait on the Lord. But if we want His best for our life we must seek to know and to act in accordance with discernment of God’s timing.
I know this can be a hard thing for us. We live in a digital age. We live in a culture that thinks everything can be done with the click of a mouse or the tap of an app. But one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for our quality of life amidst this “can’t wait” culture is to learn how to wait on the Lord.
God’s Appointed Time for Abraham’s Son
God promised Abraham a son. But Abraham was faced with the same challenge we often face when we embrace a promise from God’s Word. That is, Abraham did not know God’s appointed time for fulfilling His promise.
After waiting a decade and receiving no son from God, Abraham and his barren wife Sarah agreed to pursue a son through Abraham having sex with Sarah’s maid (Genesis 16:2).
Those of us familiar with the biblical account know what happened. Though Abraham did get a son through this adulterous affair, the plan turned out to be a mess because it was not God’s plan. Then fourteen years later, God opened Sarah’s womb at the age of ninety and blessed Abraham with a son just as He promised.
Like Abraham, have you ever come up with and implemented a plan of your own and called it God’s plan only to have God’s plan later show up at the appointed time?
Reasons to Wait on God’s Appointed Time
1. Only God can see the total picture. We dare not lean to our own understanding. Our perspective is often distorted by self-serving reasons and tunnel vision. We just want what we want when we want it. But God’s perspective and actions are always rooted in perfect vision of the total picture.
2. God’s appointed time is often a function of His purpose for our life. He has saved us and called us, “not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9). But there is an appointed time when His purpose for us will be manifested.
I am saying it’s not just a matter of seeking God to know His purpose for our life. We also need to make sure we don’t get ahead of God in implementing His purpose for our life
3. God’s appointed time is sometimes a function of our stewardship. God knows what kind of steward we are. He knows the right time to entrust us with what we may be asking Him for. To underscore this Kingdom principle, Jesus taught a parable about a lord and his three servants. Their lord blessed each of them according to their respective stewardship ability. (Matthew 25:14-29).
In summary, God always has our best interest at heart. His responses to our prayers are always based on that reality. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season [God’s appointed time] we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
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