SOMETIMES “WAITING ON GOD” MEANS NOT WAITING (3 OF 6) | HOWARD GOLDTHWAITE
God’s timing usually comes in two different varieties: either God telling us “Not now,” or us telling God, “Not now.” We’re either telling Him, “Hurry up,” or He’s telling us, “Hurry up.” Learning to trust God’s timetable is one of the greatest lessons in the life of a Christian.
The perfection of God’s timing is always much clearer in hindsight. But God never sees anything in hindsight. When it comes to God’s timing, we humans definitely walk by faith, not by sight. Thank goodness God has seen the future and shapes our future. In fact, God is already in the future right now.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing when we’re waiting for God to act. We lose faith that God will solve a problem on our timetable, or with exactly the solution we have in mind, and we start to think our own solutions will be better than His.
On the other hand, sometimes God’s timing has nothing to do with waiting around. There are times when God’s timetable is much faster than our own; like when the twelve spies returned from checking out the Promised Land. God wanted the Israelites to act courageously, move swiftly, and begin conquering. But ten of the spies focused only on the enemy’s power and not on God’s. They convinced the rest of the nation that the time was not right. By ignoring God’s window of opportunity, their procrastination ended up costing them forty additional years of wandering.
The Three Worldly Men from Luke 9:57-62 put their own timing above God’s. They thought Jesus was in too much of a hurry for them to follow; they wanted more time. By waiting for their own timetable they were refusing to wait on God.