Bible Verses To Help Us Trust God’s Perfect Timing 

Bible Verses To Help Us Trust God's Perfect Timing

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 and has a perfect plan for His children. 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. The timing of God is 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 made 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). He can orchestrate multi-faceted difficult situations in perfect harmony to bring everything and everyone around at the proper time and under the right conditions. 

Biblical 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 and God’s plan. 

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. But the problem was, that 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. God’s perfect plan for Daniel led him to become an honored man in the courts of multiple Babylonian kings, and he never kept his devotion to God a 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 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 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, his plans, and even the battles he faced. How would our lives be different if we asked for God’s plan before we made our own? 

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 Christ Jesus, the Messiah, 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 learn to have absolute trust in God’s timing. For more on this subject, read The Living And Active Word Of God

Bible Verses About Trusting God’s Timing

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

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. 

Lamentations 3:25-26 (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. 

Some people have prayed while waiting years to see a loved one come to Jesus. God has each person’s best interests in mind, and He knows just when a human heart is ready to take hold of the power of Christ. 

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. 

2 Peter 3:8

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. God doesn’t have an anxious mind in the waiting but is patient to use every moment for His purposes. He is deeply involved in the daily lives of His people. While we may lose patience and hope, He makes the best use of the time in His working in our lives. 

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

1 Peter 5:6

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. 

But when the fulness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law...

Galatians 4:4

God knew from before the creation of the world that human beings 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.  At just the right time Christ was born and began the process that would eventually bring the Holy Spirit to live in the heart of every true believer. 

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

Psalm 27:14

David wrote this Psalm during a trying period in his life, when enemies were coming against him and he yearned for God’s direction. When we face the natural evils of this life, we also need reminding to wait for the Lord. 

As we wait, we need to rely on what God is telling us in his Word and be careful not to take things into our own hands. Waiting for God to act on our behalf takes courage, often more courage than it takes to charge ahead. 

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

Micah 7:7

As the nation of Israel continued to decline, the prophet Micah was charged with warning them of the future destruction of Jerusalem and giving them the good news of the eventual appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The people didn’t want to hear either of these things, and Micah held onto hope in the Lord as he tried to warn his people of what was to come. He trusted God to hear him and to act at the appointed time, to restore the nation. 

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. 

Psalm 37:7

When bad seems to prosper and evil seems to be winning, we have no choice but to wait for God’s timing. When everything in the world seem broken and wrong, it’s easy to be upset and lose hope.  

Here David tells us not to let ourselves get upset or agitated by those who look as though they are prospering, yet not following God’s ways at all. When evil surrounds us and bad appears to win, we must wait in eager expectation for God’s perfect timing. When we commit our ways to the Lord and trust Him, He will act justly. God’s timing is always just right. 

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

Psalm 31:14-15 (NIV)

Whatever is happening, whatever trials and difficult situations we must endure, we can trust God with it all, knowing that the He holds the course of our lives – and there is no better place for our lives to be than in His hands. God’s plans are always bigger and better than those we make in our own understanding. 

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. 

John 15:5

Placing our lives and times into the mighty hand of God, our loving, knowing, and powerful Father, will give us capabilities we never knew we had. When we cling to him with all we’ve got (as if we are a branch clinging to the vine that nourishes it), that is when He will produce fruit in us – the fruit of the Spirit. He truly is our sustenance, and we can accomplish nothing without Him.  

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 the timing of God for everything in our lives. 

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We want to have our prayers answered right now. But waiting patiently for God’s time is always for our own good and for the good of others involved.  Besides His timing, His perfect plan is also fully able to be trusted in every situation. 

We want to have more time in our day, but He knows just how to orchestrate our schedule so that the good works of the Lord are done, along with our own tasks.

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A detour in our day or life may seem like a nuisance, but God can see to it to have us in just the right place at just the right moment, with just the right person or people. 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 that problem solved so we can move on and stop thinking about it, but God knows the set time we need to learn what we need to know, while that problem is still active. We want immediate healing, but God knows our real needs and will lead us through.  

We want our loved ones to come to salvation now, but God knows their story and what their human heart needs before that can happen. He already knows when and if that appointed 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 to another time of life, we can often see how God’s plan was orchestrated in perfect time, to bring us to where we needed to be. We cannot know God’s plan, ahead of time, but when we trust him with His will and His plan for us, we will be able to look back and see how His work has played out in our lives. 

Trusting in God’s perfect timing pushes me to let go of my need for immediate gratification and instead cultivate patience. When I believe that every delay, setback, and waiting period serves a purpose in making me into the person I am meant to become, I am reminded that God’s timing is worked out along with His wisdom and foresight far beyond the understanding of my frail human heart.

My prayer is that we will find peace in knowing that God’s timing is always right on schedule, never late, and yet according to the will of God and in His perfect plan.

Bible Verses To Help Us Trust God's Perfect Timing

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