Learning To Trust God’s Timing In Our Busy Schedules

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The Bible tells us over and over that we must trust in God’s ways and not in our own. We have only human knowledge, but God is all-knowing and perfect in all His ways. He knows the right time for everything. Let’s read what the Scriptures tell us about learning to trust God’s timing in our everyday lives

What Is The Meaning Of ‘God’s Timing is Perfect’?

Even when it seems like we are running out of time, God knows just when the perfect time is. And when it seems that something is taking far too long, we can know that God has it all in hand. He knows the right time for everything. 

God sees all. He sees what is behind the scenes, hidden beneath the obvious, He knows what is contained inside of hearts, and what the intentions of others are. 

He knows the timeline that is moving every one of us through our days and years, and He knows the very best route for us to reach our calling. It may not be the shortest, but it will be the best.

He knows every person who is involved in a situation (that we may think is centered around only ourselves). And He can orchestrate a multi-faceted situation in perfect harmony to bring everything and everyone around at just the right time and under the right conditions. 

Examples Of God’s Perfect Timing

When we read stories in the Bible, we are reading them in the past tense. But these stories took place in real lives and in real-time. Nothing happened by coincidence or happenstance but by the hand of the mighty, powerful, and only God. We can learn so much from the Bible as we learn about how to trust God’s timing.

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. But the problem was, Abraham and Sarah, his wife were elderly and had no children. Sarah was close to 100 years old when she gave birth for the first time – and their baby would father all twelve of the Israelite tribes. 

God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were held in slavery to Egypt for 400 years before God led them out to freedom Then He led them round and round in the wilderness for many years, until he had worked in their hearts to give them freedom. 

Later, his people lived for themselves instead of for Him, and he allowed many of them to be carried away as captives to Babylon and other countries. His perfect timing brought many of them back to their land after the prophesied seventy years. 

Daniel, a privileged young Hebrew boy with a bright life ahead of him, was one of the many who were taken captive in those days. God had plans for him, but not what he thought. Daniel ended up an honored man in the courts of multiple Babylonian kings, and he did not keep his devotion to God any secret. He brought the king’s words from God and lived his entire life in their courts. But more importantly, he succeeded in his work because he never stopped serving his God with his whole heart, openly, completely, and unwaveringly. He did not need to be home in Israel in order to serve his God.

David, called by God, “A man after my own heart”, was anointed by God as the king of Israel, and he followed God with passion all of his life. David was far from perfect, but he consulted God on many things during the course of his life. David would ask God if he should go into battle with this or that nation. And God would direct him. David took the time to ask God about his schedule and his plans and his battles. How would our lives be different if we would do this?

God warned his people through many prophets of the Old Testament, but they scarcely heeded him, so he became silent, and instead of pushing or forcing them, he allowed them to wait and suffer through 400 years of silence before sending the Messiah, Jesus to save them from sin. 

The Bible is the Word of God. It has been physically written by human beings but is known to be divinely inspired. And knowing this can help us in learning to trust God’s timing. For more on this subject, read The Living And Active Word Of God. So, we are free to use Bible verses to understand what God Himself has to say about this or any subject.  

Bible Verses About Trusting God’s Timing

The Bible is full of references to God’s timing. In this post, we are going to focus on how God’s timing can influence the way we manage our time and our lives.

Lamentations 3:25-26

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. (CSB)

Do you know what God’s priority is? It is not making sure everyone in the family has clean clothes for tomorrow, but that everyone will be brought to salvation in Jesus. He does not want anyone to perish in Hell, so he gives us all plenty of chances to help other people learn about him.

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2 Peter 3:8-9

Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 

God’s sense of time is eternal, while ours is generally rooted in the present. We do not understand that his delays are no delays at all, but the shortest way to get to where he wants us.

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1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time.

We would all like to be recognized for the good that we do. Exalting ourselves may bring us what we think we need, but only humbling ourselves as servants will bring us true recognition in God’s timing and in his way.

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1 Timothy 6:15

God will bring this about in his own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. 

The results that we strive for are often in opposition to the results God is leading us toward. He is the only One who knows all and is over all. He is King over all rulers of the world, and Lord over all that people look to as gods.

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Romans 5:6

For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 

Galatians 4:4

When the time came to completion, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law…

God knew from before the beginning of time that we would desperately need a Savior. But he orchestrated everything throughout the ages and waited until the time was just right to send his Son, Jesus, to the world as a human baby.

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Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. 

When we really pay attention to what God is telling us in his Word, the Bible, it should be somewhat easier to wait for him to act on our behalf. Yes, it takes courage to wait, even more courage than it takes to charge ahead.

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Micah 7:7

But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. 

Psalm 37:7

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the person who carries out evil plans. 

God has even instructed us on how to plan our time. Rather than diving into our days and starting just anything, maybe we would be wiser to ask his advice on what to include in our plans, in addition to when and how to go about it.

We can be totally derailed by someone who seems to be doing so much better at something, (or everything) than we see in our own efforts. But the Bible tells us not to let ourselves get upset by the one who looks like they are prospering, but are not doing it God’s way.

When I was in the beginning stages of planning and starting this website, I was so distracted by so many other bloggers who bragged about how rich they were getting and how little effort they were putting into their work. It was all so confusing and as I realized that their sole purpose was making more money, I became discouraged and nearly gave up.

But then I asked God to help me get started, and almost immediately (as in – the very same evening), I found direction in a teacher whose primary goal is to “get more Jesus on the internet”! I knew God had responded to my asking, and I have not turned back. He heard me and helped me.

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Psalm 31:14-15

But I trust in you Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands. (NIV)

John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

Placing our lives and times into the hands of our loving, knowing, and powerful God will give us capabilities we never knew we had – because we really aren’t capable without him. When we hang onto him with all we’ve got, that is when we will produce fruit – the right kind of fruit. He truly is our sustenance.

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Learning To Trust God’s Perfect Timing

Knowing all of this in our heads is easier than following it in our hearts, and when the world is knocking at our door it’s so much easier to give attention to the world. This is where we absolutely must learn to ask, him, seek him, and trust him with the timing of everything in our lives. 

We want to have our prayers answered right now. But God knows how long we must wait – for our own good and for the good of others involved.  

We want to have more time in our day, but God knows just how to orchestrate our schedule so that his work is done, along with our work. 

A detour in our day or life may seem like a nuisance, but to God, it’s having us in just the right place at just the right time with just the right person or people. 

We want that problem solved so we can stop thinking about it, but God knows how much we need to learn while that problem is still active. 

We have too many things to do and not enough time to do them, but God can instruct and lead us to know what to do and what to leave so that our busy days can be relieved of stress.

We want immediate healing, but God knows what our hearts (and maybe the hearts of others around us) need in order for complete healing to happen. 

We want our loved ones to come to salvation now, but God knows their story and their heart, and he knows when and if the right time will come. 

We want to finally get to the end of our long lists, but God knows exactly which interruptions will be valuable to us and to the ones we can influence for Him if we will just trust God’s timing and accept these detours as his divine interruptions instead of nuisances.

If we will look back, not only on our own lives but through the Scriptures, we will see that God has a plan that is timed perfectly, for each one of us. We cannot know that plan, but when we trust him with the plan for our own lives and days, and we will remember as we go through life, we will be able to look back and see how his work has played out in our lives. 

Trust him with your time and you will not be disappointed. 

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