A Time for Everything 

He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Over the years I’ve gotten impatient numerous times waiting on certain things to take place…things such as learning a certain skill, finding a job, finishing college, receiving healing when sick, getting into a relationship, and so on. I did not understand why God would delay, why did it take Him so long to answer me, to help me in a certain situation, to give me what I thought I deserved. I felt overlooked by God. I thought His delay meant He didn’t love me as much as He loved others to give me what I wanted when I wanted it. It’s been a journey of learning that’s for sure, and looking back I can’t help but acknowledge that God does have an appointed  time for everything and that His delay only shows how much He loves me in that He knows what I need and when I need it. And of course, He makes the most out of the delay to prepare me for what He is about to do. 

As I was reading the story of Lazarus tonight I was reminded once again that God’s delay in a situation does not mean He doesn’t care, but on the contrary…He is about to perform a miracle. 

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was for two more days. – John 11:5-6

Jesus doesn’t prove His love for us by giving us what we want when we want it. His love is something we are already given. Shall trials or sicknesses or troubles come your way, they cannot separate you from the love God has for you in Christ Jesus ( see Romans 8:38-39). Don’t lose heart. The answer might be delayed but it’s coming for sure. 

So then He told them {the disciples} plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” – John 11:14-15

Jesus’ delay in your situation is not only affecting you…but it’s impacting the people around you. Many times God will use your delay to show others who He is, so that they might believe in Him when He comes through for you. 

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that You have heard me. I knew that You always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.” – John 11:41-42

Look up. Yes, in the middle of your storm, or when facing a giant, or when you think you’re all alone, look up to the One who calls you by name, who numbers the hairs on your head, and gives you each breath you take. And bring thanks. Our thankful hearts pave the way for God’s miracle to take place (see Psalm 50:14-15, 23). The night might be longer than you thought, and the storm stronger than you expected, but the God who has held you so far will carry you now as well. 

When He has said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “take off the grave clothes and let him go.” – John 11:43-44

So don’t lose hope beloved. God has an appointed time for your deliverance. The season of waiting is but a season. God’s delay is but a period of molding and preparation for what He is about to bring to pass. And yes, God does work all things for the good of those that love Him (see Romans 8:28). Don’t force things. Don’t push things to happen. But let God be God. Let Him work in you His will, His way. And, as the journey continues, you will indeed see how God’s timing was the best timing, and His way the best way. 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

In control – Hillsong

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