Trust the Timing

July 30, 2020

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3 NLT

So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 NLT

God spoke to the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk and gave him a vision about the future. It was news Habakkuk wanted to hear. But God gave him a caveat with stipulations about the fulfillment. He assured Habakkuk that His word was true, and God would take responsibility for the fulfillment. God said, “You are going to want it to happen more quickly, and you’ll wonder what I’m doing. Don’t interrupt the process. Trust Me. Wait patiently. It will definitely take place. Don’t interfere with My work. If you don’t get your fingers in it, it will happen in my perfect timing.”

Paul has learned from his own experiences about how God works. He says, “Our part in God’s process of handling situations is to just keep doing the good He puts in our path. Don’t try to manipulate results and timing. Trust Him. Just like the crops you plant, when God knows it is right, you most definitely will reap a harvest, if you keep it up and don’t give up.” God is committed to fulfilling His Word. But we have to trust and not give up or step in and try to handle it in our own speed and time.

You are probably somewhat familiar with the story of Abraham and Sara. If not, take some time to read it (Genesis 16-17). God had promised them a perfect son, even in their own age, to be the heir and son of their hearts for which they dreamed. He would become a great nation through this son. But as time went on they became understandably discouraged. They forget that God would keep His word perfectly, in His time. They stepped ahead in worry, and what a mess they made! They created an illegitimate relationship that yielded both a son and broken hearts. The devastation from that mistake still continues in our middle eastern conflict today. Trying to rush God is never a good strategy.

Trust His process and timing. You’ll never regret it. Every witness says so.

  • Pray: God, patience is not my natural strong suit. But you are worthy of all my trust. You will never let me down, even when I don’t understand, and the answer seems to be coming late. An old Scripture chorus says, “You make all things beautiful in your time.” Lord, please show me every day as I’m doing things Your way that You will do just what You say in Your time.” Yes, God. Let it be so. Amen.