We were on our honeymoon (just a few short years ago) when
we walked into the lobby of a show we wanted to see. The
lady at the ticket counter looked at us, smiled, and said,
"Perfect timing, folks. The next show is starting in just a
few minutes." Actually, it was more like fifteen or twenty
minutes, but we bought our tickets and looked around the
Several minutes later, as an earlier show let out, another
couple walked into the lobby. As if on cue, the lady behind
the ticket counter looked at them, smiled, and said "Perfect
timing, folks. The last show is just letting out and the
next one is getting ready to start!" We quickly realized
that the only kind of timing at that theater was "perfect
timing," especially when it involved selling tickets.
As believers, we sometimes talk about Godís "perfect
timing." I heard a radio ad for a Christian service which
tries to pair up singles. But in a disclaimer near the end,
the ad reminded listeners that finding a mate "must depend
on Godís perfect timing."
So if Godís timing is so perfect, why does it sometimes seem
to be so slow? I never hear people complaining that "God has
blessed me with so much, so quickly that I just canít handle
it all." I do hear people lamenting how slow God seems to
be in answering prayers or dealing with problems in their
lives. We want God to deal with things A.S.A.P. and we
can't understand why he sometimes takes so long.
Consider the situation with Godís people in the book of
Exodus. God was leading them into the Promised Land, and he
was describing how easy it would be for them to take it
"I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion
every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies
turn their backs and run. I will send the hornet ahead of
you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites out of
your way." (Exodus 23:27-28, NIV)
In other words, even though they would fight battles along
the way, God would GUARANTEE them victory. And then, God
gives them this explanation for why it would take so long:
"But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the
land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous
for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you
until you have increased enough to take possession of the
land." (v. 29-30)
In other words, it was for their own good that God gave them
the land gradually. God knew just how much they could
handle, and he delivered the land as they became ready for
Sometimes, Godís "slowness" is for our own good.
in our over-confidence, we ask for too much, too soon, and
God knows that the result for us would be disastrous.
Sometimes, Godís perfect timing is slower than what we want;
yet in his wisdom, God gives us, not what we want, but what
we need. If God seems slow in answering prayers, remember
that he knows what you need, as well as when you need it,
even before you know that you need it in the first place.
Godís way is just "Perfect timing, folks."
[ Author Unknown -- from Mark Phillips ]
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