The Importance of Waiting on God’s Timing
Without question, one of the hardest things for many Christians to do with the Lord is to wait on His timing to make certain things happen in their lives.
In the very fast-paced world in which we all now live in, things are set up for maximum speed and efficiency.
Fast food restaurants are a favorite for many people because they like to be able to go through a fast drive-thru and receive their order in just a matter of minutes. Computers are now moving faster than ever before and they are allowing news events to hit the screen just right after the news event has actually occurred.
We are so used to everything moving at break-neck speed, that we then have a very hard time in adjusting to the slower ways that God will work things out in our life.
One of the things I have found out in my own personal walk with the Lord is that many of the times, He will have a much slower way of working things than I ever thought He would.
It is very nice that we can have fast-food restaurants, computers, and the rest of the technological inventions that we now have in place so we can make our lives that much better and that much easier to navigate through.
We can now get much more done in a day’s time than we ever could in the past due to all of the new technological gadgets and devices we now have at our disposal.
But where you can get into major trouble with the Lord in your own personal walk with Him is to take all of that break-neck speed in being able to get things done and accomplished, and then try to throw that in the middle of our walk with the Lord with how He will want to work things out in our lives.ADVERTISEMENTS
Again, God usually has a much slower time frame and a much slower way of working things out in our life than we do.
And if we do not learn how to adjust to His slower time frame and the slower way He likes to work things out in our life, we could easily get ourselves knocked right out of our calls and our divine destinies that He has set up for each one of our lives.
I have personally found in both my walk and those who I share my walk with, that timing is an absolute crucial factor with the Lord.
Try to move ahead of God’s timing with what He wants to do in a particular area of your life, and you will find very quickly that everything will fall apart and completely unravel.
Here are some examples of where you can get yourself into major trouble with the Lord as a result of not properly relying on His perfect timing:
- Marry the wrong person you are dating because you could not wait for God’s perfect timing to bring you the mate He has chosen for your life, and you could end up finding yourself in a miserable and unfulfilled marriage, not to mention the possibility of your marriage ending up in a divorce, which the Lord hates
- Take the next, new, wrong job because you could not wait for God to promote you into the next, new job He will want you to have, and you could end losing valuable years in reaching the call that God has set up for your life, if not lose the entire call all together
- Attempt to do a deliverance on someone with demons before the Lord tells you to do so, and you could get yourself opened up to an unnecessary demonic attack
As you can see from some of these examples, timing is absolutely everything with the Lord. Move ahead and out of God’s timing and you will throw a big, fat monkey-wrench in the middle of what God is trying to do with your life.
As I have stated before in some of my other articles, I like to use the chess board analogy with how God will run our lives – except the chess board of our life belongs to the Lord, not to us.
This means that not only will God be the One who will make all of these big chess moves in our life, but He will also make those chess moves at the prescribed times that He has all of them set up to occur in our lives.
If it is in God’s perfect will that you get married in this life, then not only will He bring you the person He has picked out for you to marry in this life, but there will also be a timing element with it – which means He will bring this person to you at the exact time that He has it set up to occur in your life.
If God is calling you to be a pastor of a church, then He has the exact time set up as to when that will actually occur. And if you try to make it happen before God is ready, then you will cause major delays and disruptions to occur, along with possibly adding extra time as to when it will occur since you will now have messed with God’s timing with how He was wanting to work out this call in your life.
When God gives you what your divine call is going to be in Him, He will expect you to properly obey Him all the way up the ladder as you are progressing towards that call.
This means you will take the different jobs He will want you to take, along with staying with His perfect timing as to when you are to move into each one of these new different jobs.
If you stay with God’s leadings on which new jobs to take and when to move into those next new jobs, then the time will come where you will then be promoted into the true, divine destiny that God has set up for your life.
But disobey God anywhere along the line with the steps He will be asking you to take for Him, and you could either cause a major delay to occur as to when you will be reaching that call, or you could literally lose the entire call all together if the consequences end up being too severe with what you have disobeyed the Lord with.
God will not have His authority and His ways tampered with by what we think is right for us. Since God is perfect and we are not, we always have to realize that God will always know best as to what specific chess moves that will need to be made in our lives, along with when those chess moves will need to be made.
This is one area that we cannot try and do things our way. If we do, it could cause God to pull back on us and from there, we could find everything starting to fall apart because God is no longer in control of our life.
The Scripture Verses
So you can see how important the timing factor is with the Lord, here are 25 very good verses from the Bible all emphasizing waiting on God’s timing as to when He will want to make something specific happen.
- “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)
- “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6-7)
- “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
- “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning …” (Psalm 130:5-6)
- “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.” (Psalm 145:15)
- “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
- “My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15)
- “Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved … My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2, 5-6)
- “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions …(Psalm 39:7-8)
- “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:1-2)
- “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land …. ” (Psalm 37:34)
- “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more …” (Psalm 37:7)
- “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5)
- “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.” (Psalm 25:21)
- Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 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 2:2-3)
- “He has made everything beautiful in its time … God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there shall be a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11,17)
- “And I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him.” (Isaiah 8:17)
- “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40: 31)
- “Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.” (Proverbs 27:18)
- ” … in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching …” (Titus 1: 2-3)
- Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” (John 7: 6)
- Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1: 14-15)
- And He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” (Acts 1:7)
- ” .. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords …” (1 Timothy 6:14-15)
- “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed …” (2 Thessalonians 2: 6-8)
As you can see from reading each one of these verses, God does like to work on a specific set timetable – and even Jesus Himself had to wait for God’s timing on some of the things He ended up doing.
And not only did Jesus, the apostles, and many in the OT have to abide by God’s specific timing on when He wanted them to do something, but there are verses showing that God will still continue to run things according to His own set timetable in the years ahead, including how He will work your life and when He will want to make certain things happen in your life.
So the sooner you can understand this is one of God’s ways, the easier it will become for you to adjust to His set timetable as to when He will make things happen in your life.
Here are some specific examples from the Bible showing you how God made many of them wait for what He was wanting to do in their lives:
- Jesus Himself had to wait until He was 30 years old before God baptized Him with the Holy Spirit and anointed Him with His power to go on His three and half year miracle ministry before He went to the cross to get all of us saved
- Jesus had to wait again for 40 days before He ascended to the Father after His resurrection from the grave
- Moses was in the backside of a desert for 40 years before he was sent in by God to rescue the children of Israel from the Egyptians
- The Israelites had to wait for 430 years before God delivered them from the Egyptians
- David had to wait for 13 years before he became king of Israel
- Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaacl
- Noah had to wait for 120 years from the time God told him to build the ark until the time of the flood actually occurring
- The apostles had to wait 10 days after Jesus had ascended before they had received the Holy Spirit in the upper room
As you can see from these specific examples from the Bible, God likes to make us wait for some of the major chess moves He will be making in our lives.
I believe the reason God likes to make us wait from time to time is to not only test our faith in Him and to properly prepare us for what He is making us wait for, but to also develop the fruit of patience and determination in us.
Since the fast pace of our world is probably reducing a lot of our own natural patience, I believe God will try and work this quality back into our personalities so we do not lose this very valuable quality in our personalities, especially since it lines up with God’s own character and how He likes to work things out.
In part 2 of waiting on God’s Timing, I talk about Specific Areas Where You Will Have to Wait on the Lord