22. God's timing is not our timing

What we have established thus far, is that God has a plan for each of us. He has something in store for us that will blow our minds. It will be something different for each of us, but it will be something that will be well suited to our personality and circumstances. Now we will talk about God's specific plan for you at a later stage, but for now know He has something wonderful that awaits you. Okay, so once you have established God's plan for your life and have worked through your weaknesses and insecurities, you are hopefully ready to start and ready to take the first step. You might be very excited and ready to go, but remember one thing. God's timing might not be our timing. You can start with your task immediately like Moses and Gideon did. Or your task and God-given purpose might be delayed, awaiting God's perfect timing.

Let's look at David for example. David was anointed by Samuel when he was still very young (my Bible's explanation says he was 16 years old). And since being anointed, David faced many trials and tribulations. After he killed Goliath, the giant of the Philistines, Saul kept David at the palace. David immediately befriended Jonathan, Saul's son, and they became best friends. David was also made a commander in Saul's army and everything that David did, he did successfully. Everything looked good for the young man until Saul started to be jealous of him. He realized that the Lord had left him and was now with David. It was then that David's trouble started. Saul tried to kill him in various ways: he hurled a spear at him twice, he asked for 100 Philistine foreskins before David could marry his daughter and in the process he hoped that David would be killed, he sent troops to David's house to kill him as he came out in the morning. The list goes on and on. David had to flee for his life, he had to live as an outcast while Saul continued searching for him to kill him. A couple of other outcasts joined David and together they formed their own army in a foreign land. This continued for years. For years David were on the run so to speak. He must have started wondering if the Lord truly meant what He said when he was anointed as king. Here he was; a fugitive in a foreign land with no hope of a better future. But as we know, the Lord keeps His promises and He looks after His children. David did indeed become king of Judah at the age of 30 and king of the whole Israel at the age of 37. But it was several years after he was anointed.

So as you can see, your task can be delayed by a few weeks, a few months, a few years or even a decade or two. But remember that what God promised He will come to pass. I believed that the Lord told me that I would start with my purpose for Him when I turn 30. Thirty incidentally was the age in Israel's history where one typically started with your life's purpose. Jesus started His ministry at the age of 30, David became king at the age of 30, Joseph was exalted to the position right below Pharaoh at the age of 30 etc. So I truly believed the Lord told me that I am going to start at the age of 30 (I received scriptures and experienced the guidance of the Holy Spirit). I was looking forward to that day and anticipated how the Lord was going to do it. I was so excited, I couldn't wait. And do you know what happened on my 30th birthday? Nothing, absolutely nothing. I was shocked and dismayed! I couldn't believe it. I truly believed that the Lord told me I would start and now there was nothing happening and no sign of anything happening in the near future. I felt like crying. Did I hear wrong? I became very negative. And do you know how the Lord consoled me? He told me (through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Scripture) that I have actually already started with my task. Preparation is part of the process. He still wants to teach me a lot of things and lead me in His ways and when the time is right, He will be with me and show me what to do. Until that time I need to grow and continue in my walk with Him.

 To illustrate this point He showed me a Camphor tree in our garden. We planted the tree two years ago and it was still quite small. The Lord then asked me whether I believed that the tree will grow big. I said yes, except of course if something devastating happens, but other than that I truly believe that the tree will grow big. I have seen other Camphor trees and they are huge. He asked whether the tree needs a lot of water and I said yes. And He asked whether it will still need lots of water later on when it is big and I said no, its roots would be bigger then and would be able to search for underground water. Then He said: "It is the same for you. You are a small tree now and you need a lot of time to grow spiritually, but later on you will become a big tree. Believe it, the same way you believe that this tree will grow big. You cannot put a seed in the ground and the next day expect a tree. You need to grow into it. Spend the time on the small tree now, the big tree will come!" It was truly encouraging to me and I hope it will be encouraging to you too.

There could also be different reasons for the delay. Maybe it is to test your faith, maybe it is there to teach you something, maybe the Lord wants to use the delay to prepare you for your task that lies ahead. Like David for example. I am certain that the delay in his kingship gave him the chance to see what it is like to run a kingdom while he played harp to Saul, he had the chance to fight in military battles and learned a lot about how to fight and about strategies, he learned how to lead with the group that started to follow him, he also learned how to serve the Lord with integrity while circumstances may look bleak. I think David grew up to be a man after the Lord's own heart in the years that he had to wait. Whatever the case may be, don't despair and don't give up.

And whatever you do, don't rush God's timing. For example think about something that excites you, something you look forward to. Like your birthday, or a holiday around the corner, or somebody coming home etc. Now you can go and adjust all the clocks and all the calendars in your home to that specific time and date that you are looking forward to. You can adjust it to the very minute, but it is still not going to bring that event any closer. You need to wait out the time, you cannot rush it. Because if you do, you will be out if sync. For example you can set all the calendars to your birthday, but no one is going to call you and there is not going to be any presents or cake. You simply have to wait. And this is the same for a spiritual task. If you rush it and start without the Lord's guidance, you will be out of sync and things will not develop as you may have anticipated.

Also if you rush everything and just live for the time when you can start with your task, you may miss a whole part of your life. That is also not what the Lord wants. Joyce Meyer the famous Christian writer and speaker often says: "We need to learn to enjoy life where we are, while we are on our way to where we are going!" And it so true. We need to enjoy the ride and not just the destiny.

Lord, please help us to wait for Your timing. Help us to be patient and not expect that You move on our timing. We trust in You and Your divine timing. Amen

2 comments for “22. God's timing is not our timing”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:39:49 AM

    Once again, what you say is so true. While you wait for your 'big, mind blowing' task, do what you can in the mean time. God wants to use you every day. He uses us with our encounters with other people. Like you said last week, a hug or a smile is just as important. Wait on Him with patience!

  2. Gravatar of DaryaDarya
    Posted Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:40:28 PM

    Well said, Ilze! I think we all struggle with "the wait," but it is an integral part of our destiny. The thing that keeps me going each day is knowing that what God promised me will be manifested in my life, because His word does not return to Him void.

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