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God's Sovereignty Is Not Threatened By Time

delay faith god's timing pain patience peace trust trusting god Aug 12, 2023

‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.’

Ephesians 3:1

While we are looking for the way out, God is working His way in.

If you've been a Christian longer than 24 hours you have probably figured out that God's timing is vastly different to ours.

While I understand the desire for escaping pain, heartache and confusion I have learned that within the challenges are often my greatest treasures.

His ways truly are not our ways and His thoughts are vastly beyond what we can understand in our earth-bound thinking. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

We read in Isaiah 45:3 ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.’

Within darkness and secrets are found treasures and blessings, therefore, during my dark seasons I have begun looking for treasures.

I have decided not to blame, criticise, vilify or accuse my Father in heaven for seemingly looking the other way.

But instead I seek, question, listen and rest in the swirling pool of mysteries yet unsolved.

Do I always do this perfectly? Of course not!

There are days I cry, yell, plead, accuse and shut off from the very one I inherently know can bring the peace that I am seeking.

But, like a good Father He allows me to be real, human and unhindered in getting out what has stayed in for too long.

Then, once I have exhausted myself and I can no longer put words to what my heart is feeling, I will sense Him stepping closer to me.

Gentle steps, slowly and carefully, as one would with an injured fawn or scared child.

My tirade has not caused Him to turn away and in those moments I realise that my deepest cry was not for timing, but for clarity.

I wanted to know why.

Why was there a delay?

Why couldn’t I have what everyone else was holding?

Why did my life turn out differently than I planned?

Life will always hold mystery.

If we understood all then we would teeter on the edge of a divinity we could not handle.

What helps me in those seasons is remembering His sovereignty is beautiful, peaceful, perfect and just.

When I know that, I can see through the stormy waves to find a Saviour holding out His hand saying ‘Come . . . walk on this water with me.’

And I step . . . knowing that where I’m going there are treasures waiting to be discovered if I stay patient and stay the course, eyes fixed on Jesus . . . my ultimate treasure.

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