What is God’s Timing?


By BibleAsk Team

God’s Timing

All events in the great cosmic plan move in exact order according to God’s timing. For He is perfect in wisdom and knowledge (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:30; Galatians 4:4). Through the ages, there have been successive revelations and developments which will eventually lead up to the final consummation when there will be full deliverance from sin; this will take place also at “His own time” (1 Timothy 6:15).

As there are appropriate times for the sowing of the seed and the gathering of the harvest, there are also appropriate times for God’s activities in association with the salvation of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11). There are some things that could be accomplished at one time and not at another, because He is working with humans, who are free moral agents whom He will not even try to force into compliance to his plans (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

We see God’s timing specifically in the time for the coming of the Messiah, which had been foretold by the prophets (Daniel 9:24, 25). In heaven, the time for Christ’s coming had been predetermined (Acts 17:26). So, “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4 also Ephesians 1:10). The word “fullness” means that all events foretold as preceding the advent had been fulfilled.

Not only did the Messiah come at God’s timing according to Daniel’s prophecy, but He also came at the most favorable time in all history. The world was at peace, under one government. Men were not content with their religious beliefs and were searching for the truth about life and human destiny. Providence could have appointed no time more suitable for spreading of the gospel message to the world than at this period of history.

Wait on the Lord

For the believer, who is wondering about God’s timing to fulfill His promises, let him submit this prayer, “My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me” (Psalm 31:15). The answer may not come as quickly as the believer would like, but because of his confidence in God’s word, he should wait patiently in hope.

The Lord declares, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2: 3). Even though the night of sorrow may seem long, the believer should be confident that the morning will soon break with the bright beams of “the Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2).

God’s child should be encouraged by the words of the psalmist: “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come” (Psalm 102:13). And God will affirm to the believer, “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Peter exhorts the believer to wait until God’s timing, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

May the Christian not lose hope in God’s timing for patience is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). He should declare with faith, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope” (Psalm 130:5). God works “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). There is unlimited power with God, and He is able, willing and delights in doing for us “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). For there is salvation in no other (Matthew 1:21; Acts 4:12).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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