Trusting in God’s Timing means putting our timing aside and surrendering fully to God and His promises for us. As a believer, this is one of the most challenging concepts, because we do not know when God’s perfect time is, but we do know that when we wait in the Lord, good things always come.
When we completely surrender to God’s will for our lives, then we can live in true freedom from bondage to a negative outlook, thoughts, and feelings. In no way, does it mean that we will not experience the challenges and heartaches that life will continuously throw our way, it just means that we always have God on our side.
“but they who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
From a very young age to now, I have always had a hard time waiting for things, whether it be the smallest thing: such as, when food would be ready as a kid, to bigger things such as when I would get settled in a career I enjoy or when I would get married and have a family. I feel like patience is a lesson that keeps on giving, because the unknown and jumping headfirst into the deep waters is truly frightening.
The thing is though, there is no unknown for God, because He knows all things. And because of that truth, He will do what is best for us. We may be anxious, but God is never anxious because He has it all planned out for us in the best way possible. We can plan for today, tomorrow or the days to follow, but ultimately God leads our steps and guides us to the destination in his time.
God’s word says in Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
We live in a world where everything is portrayed as instant gratification, instant results otherwise the just give up mentality. We go on social media and instantly are drawn to other people’s lives who we know nothing about, because that is how it is portrayed to the viewer. I am guilty of this myself, comparing myself to others even though I do not even know what they might be going through behind closed doors. It is easier to want what they have, but the truth is we all are on our own journey through life, and as believers, God has drawn out the perfect picture of our lives for us and all in His perfect timing.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:8-9
We are impatient and when we do not get what we want in the timing we want it, then we rush to doubt that God is working on our behalf. Sometimes what we might not understand because of our frustration, is the beauty in the waiting seasons. Usually during the process of waiting on God, we can assume that He is silent and start to doubt the possibility of its purpose. But through the waiting, we come face to face with strengthening our faith, our ability to ask for what we desire as well as getting real with ourselves and our Lord. We are met by God’s faithfulness by letting Him take the reigns and have full control.
As we see in Galatians 4;4-5, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship,” this passage shows that God’s people would experience an agonizing 400 years of waiting and yet we see that they experienced God’s faithfulness through this season as well. God was working everything out perfectly so that He would send the Messiah at His perfect timing as He strengthened their faith in the process.
Sometimes God uses these seasons of waiting, to get us to a place where we learn to sit with the quiet and always run to Him about everything we are facing, good or bad. He wants us to be completely reliant on Him and His timing because it is perfect. We can trust that He knows what is best for us, we can understand that He is working on our behalf every single second of the day because we are still living and breathing. We might not know what is going to happen tomorrow or a year from now, but we know what our future holds, being face to face with our King. We may not know how God will fulfill his promises, but we know that they will be fulfilled by trusting His word.
So lets take the challenge today, to rely on His promise to fulfill, to have a perfect plan for our lives whether it comes into fruition now or a couple months/years from now. If you are struggling with this, you are not alone: please message, comment or DM us on Instagram, we are all in this together.