Trusting the Lord for His Goodness
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way – because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil, for evil doers shall be cut off. But those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalms 39:7-39)
Timing is something I really struggle with. This is especially true when I compare my timing to God’s timing. In searching the scriptures, I have found it comes down to this. Our timing doesn’t always look like God’s timing. We tend to look at the linear of things even though we know God’s vantage point is completely different. He knows all things. We do not.
For example, I can’t say that I will meet the man I am going to marry this August at exactly 3:30 p.m. and I will be outside frolicking in the grass when this chance occurrence happens. So the question then is this. How do I make plans for my life? From the scriptures, I have learned that it is alright to stand in obedience to your timing as long as we believe by faith that our Lord God will shine through in the decisions that we make. In this context, I believe that God does lead us to do His will but in His perfect timing.
Here is an analogy I shared with my roommate (shout out to my roommate Word up!) about when we can think we are ready, and likewise, when is the right time? I hope it has merit for you too.
Picture the Lord has given you the entire ingredients for baking a cake. When you’ve received ingredients, it can be interpreted as knowing you are ready to take the next step, by faith. In so doing, we don’t put eggs in a bowl one day, flour in the bowl the next week and butter the next month. In this were the case, how would anyone know we can bake the cake? In order to bake a cake, we must put all the ingredients together in a bowl, usually in the specified order cited in the recipe. Place it in the pre heated oven and by putting it in the oven our cake will be cooked and ready for us to enjoy.
In this short analogy, I see God as a type of oven. We can sit and wait in front of the oven asking God when I will be able to enjoy the cake. O,r we can wait for the bell to go off indicating that the cake is done. Either way, something has to happen in order for us to enjoy the cake. Life is like this too. It could be a bell that rings and you say in your heart, “THIS IS IT!”
And in that moment, I could thank the Lord for satisfying my inward desire even though I don’t deserve it. The Bible states, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Or, maybe I was in the right place and ‘ding’ – the finances that you needed come through. Or. simply you woke up and there was peace in your heart that indicates that something had changed.
Even though I don’t know what that is or when it will happen. I do know if we put our trust in our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and allow His timing to become our timing we will become victorious. He never fails us nor does He set us up for failure.
“Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid of those people because the Lord your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
So, today, I will let you think about this teaching. Maybe the only point you got from this was that maybe, I just want cake. Or maybe, your perspective about time is different from what God really has in His mind. In that case, I hope this simple little message came to you at the right time. Be blessed, always.