I heard a story which illustrates how we often confuse God’s timing with ours. A country newspaper had been running a series of articles on the value of church attendance. One day, a letter to the editor was received in the newspaper office. It read, “Print this if you dare. I have been trying an experiment. I have a field of corn which I plowed on Sunday. I planted it on Sunday. I did all the cultivating on Sunday. I gathered the harvest on Sunday and hauled it to my barn on Sunday. I find that my harvest this October is just as great as any of my neighbors’ who went to church on Sunday. So where was God all this time?”
The editor printed the letter, but added his reply at the bottom. “Your mistake was in thinking that God always settles his accounts in October.”
That’s often our mistake as well, isn’t it – thinking that God should act when and how we want Him to act, according to our timetable rather than His. The fact that our vision is limited, finite, unable to see the end from the beginning, somehow escapes our mind. So we complain; we get frustrated; we accuse God of being indifferent to us; we do not live by faith – true biblical faith.
James declared, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (Jam. 1:6-8).
The Psalmist admonishes, “Wait for Jehovah: Be strong, And let thy heart take courage; Yea, wait thou for Jehovah” (Psa. 27:14). “My soul, wait thou in silence for God only; For my expectation is from him” (Psa. 62:5). “I wait for Jehovah, my soul doth wait, And in his word do I hope” (Psa. 130:5).
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