There is surely a mystery to time but there is also a mystery to timing. Isaiah 49:8 says, “Thus says the Lord, ‘In a favourable time I have answered You and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” God does intervene in our lives but always according to His will and time. We cannot force this delicate timing, try as we might. As created human beings we all stand before the great mysteries of life, death and the vicissitudes of daily life. Because of our fallen state, we no longer intuitively trust our heavenly Father; we have a primal fear when things appear to be out of our control. The original paradisal trust has been replaced with anxiety. Yet, Scripture overwhelmingly urges us to have faith. The covenant of salvation was to pass through Abraham, through a child of his own body, but he and his wife Sarah were barren. They had to trust in this seeming impossible promise of God and it took many years to be fulfilled (Gen 15, 16, 18, 21). Isaiah had been shown that the ‘Suffering One’ (Is 53) would come to heal the nation. But those messianic visions took over 700 years to reach fulfillment in Christ. Our human sense of timing is usually marked by the word “urgent.” We want everything done right now. This is understandable: we are in pain, a loved one has a need, we are faced by something threatening and want it removed at once.
But God’s perspective is not ours; His timing is always flawless. He sees beyond the immediate and looks towards the perfection of his frail creatures. Sometimes the answer to our cry is immediate or relatively quick. At other times, it may take months; some answers take years or even a whole lifetime to work out. These are deep waters. We do not know how all things work out in the will of God. We usually see things from our limited, temporal perspective, and this often distorts reality. Of course, we want to avoid pain and rightly so; we do want everything to be better. But ultimately only God knows what that “better” really consists of and how to bring it about. The mystery of our faith is that God is causing ‘all things to work together for good’ (Rom 8:32) whether or not we can see that in any given moment. It may take a moment, a day, a year, a decade, a lifetime but God is in control, working all things out for good.
Let us ask the Lord to help us trust His timing in our lives and trust that He is working out all things for good, even when we have difficulty seeing this.
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