Ecclesiastes 3:1;11a – To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.
Picture two men coming to Jesus in His carpenter days, each asking help in building his house. One selects a spot far away from the rocks where it is hard to dig, but near the sandy riverbed that is dry most of the year.
Jesus warned, “Build on a rocky foundation, even though it takes time. When the storms come and the river swells, you will be sorry if you take the fast way and build on the sand.”
But the first man disregarded Jesus’ advice.
The second man resisted the shortcut approach and build on the rock foundation, demanding more struggle, energy, and time. Jesus ended His Sermon on the Mount with the story of these two men.
“A foolish man…built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”(Mt7:26-27).
When the rains came, the first builder’s house was destroyed. And he learned that fast is slow!
“A wise man…built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock”(Mt7:24-25).
When the second house stood firm, that builder learned the truth that slow is fast!
God does not govern our world by remote control. God is continually involved in the sustaining of the universe so that every change of the weather, every movement of the stars, and every activity of the minutest creature is directed by His all-wise providence.
Even the thwarting of our plans is in God’s hands. In the hour of delay and desperation we fret, “Lord, how long?”!
The ‘stops’ as well as the ‘starts’ of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
So often in the Bible, in history, and even in our own personal experience God has proven Himself to always be ‘on time’ in fulfilling plans, in answering our prayers, in solving problems, and in supplying preparation and guidance for the future.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning”(Ps130:5-6).
Taking time for God and for spiritual blessing by reading God’s Word and praying will make every day go better. Accomplishing things in the power of the Holy Spirit requires waiting for God and not rushing ahead of Him. Waiting on the Lord is simply part of walking in the Spirit.
God may slow us down. He may stop us. God may even chose to put us in reverse! But He will get us where He wants us in His time!
The real secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing!!