John 7:6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.”
Oh, that is so true in my own life.
Just like Jesus’ brothers, my time is “always ready”.
As a Christian, I believe God has a perfect plan for me. (Jer 29:11)
BUT, I am generally unwilling to wait for it?
Why do I find myself constantly praying, “Right now Lord”?
Jesus’ brothers were unwilling to wait any longer and began trying to force the Lord’s hand.
It seemed simple.
If Jesus was truly the Messiah of Israel, then He needed to declare it openly.
And they thought, the sooner the better.
“Show Yourself to the world”, they said. (Jn 7:4)
But Jesus would not be rushed.
He knew that God’s timing is always perfect and that He needed to trust in it.
This wasn’t the first time His family had pressured Him.
Once, in the middle of a wedding, His mother Mary also used her motherly influence to push Him into revealing who He was.
But again, He responded, “My hour has not yet come.” (Jn 2:4)
Another time a group of Pharisees tried to hurry Him along by saying, „Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” (Lk 13:31)
Jesus calmly responded that no one can change God’s perfect timing. „Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’” (Lk 13:32)
Am I frantically forcing my Father’s hand as well?
In my rush to see God’s will accomplished in my life, am I struggling with His timing?
Have I forgotten that since God promised to work all things out for my best (Rom 8:28), that also included the timing?
If we are to walk in God’s peace today, we must trust Him.
Listen to the following verses:
Psalm 75:2 “I choose the proper TIME”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, A TIME for every purpose under heaven.”
Immediately prior to calling His first disciples, Jesus proclaimed, “THE TIME is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1:15)
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus’ disciples pressured Him to “restore the kingdom to Israel…at this time”.
You guessed it…
“It is not for you to know TIMES or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” (Ac 1:7)
He instructs them to trust the Father’s timing and not their own.
Looking back 2,000 years, how many would not have been saved if God had followed their schedule?
Are you feeling as if God is delaying?
This is a reminder to trust in His timing, not your own.
Meditate on the verses above and ask God to apply them to your life.