This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.

Matthew 10 19-20

And don't you worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. - Matthew 10 19-20

Friday, September 24, 2010

Struggling with timing

Acts 1:7
    He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business.

A friend of mine is having a bit of a struggle at the moment, and I hope she doesn't mind this post but it is intended to help. The issue is down to timing, certain things are not happening to their schedule and it is causing some discomfort. The thing is, God does not work to the same time scales or schedules as humans do.

2 Peter 3:8-9
    Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.

Although we may worry because things do not seem to be happening how or when we would like or expect does not mean God has forgotten or is late. We may be made to wait a long time before things that were promised come to pass. Look at Abraham, he was 100 when Isaac was born. Another friend of mine has a phrase she uses regularly when talking about God's plans. "God doesn't work on time scales we see as reasonable." Sometimes that means that we have to wait for the plan to come to fruition, sometimes it requires that we wait to find out what the plan is. I know my friend knows all of this and that she trusts God to bring everything to a successful conclusion. However we also need to remember that God never wastes an opportunity, he uses the time we are waiting to teach us things we need to learn. Sometimes the lesson we need to learn is to trust in him, other times it is patience or any other lesson. God has plans for each of us and they all work out in His time. Do not try and rush God, try not to get frustrated or angry because you want Him to do things to your schedule. Instead ask yourself, what could God be trying to teach me, what might he be wanting me to get out of this experience. God does nothing without reason and when we look back we can see the sense and reason behind each action. We just need to trust Him, to fully rely on Him and then we will have an inner peace which comes from being completely in His hands.

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