Does God ever show up late? Can we accuse Him of delay in any situation?
The longer I live the more I believe that God has never missed his cue. He’s never been offstage when his presence is called for and his lines are to be uttered.
We, on the other hand, often attempt to direct the timing in our lives to fit with our preconceived ideas of what should be happening… and when.
We look at Moses early in his life when “he was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.” Acts 7:22 ESV “He’ll never be more useful to you than now God” we say. “Get out on stage and make it happen.”
But of course, we are years ahead of God’s perfect timing in Moses’ life.
Again we question God’s timing as Israel piles up on the shore of the Red Sea with mountains on both sides and the angry Egyptian army coming up fast behind them. God had obviously waited too long… hadn’t taken all matters into his timing for the rescue.
But once again, we’d be wrong in our assessment of the timetable of Him who is seldom early, but never late, even by a second.
Over and over we question his delays. We set our own timetables for deliverance and when they come and go and God hasn’t shown up, we incorrectly assume He either changed his mind or somehow lost track of the time.
Scripture shows us absolute proof that we get it wrong – God never does.
His delay in getting to Lazarus’ home? Death typically spells the end of hoping, but God even uses death to execute his perfect plans. And I’m sad to say, that as he awaits his perfect time to act, he loses many of us whose ‘warrior hearts’ don’t stay in the fight until its finish.
I don’t know what you feel about God’s plans for our nation and ultimately for the nations of the world, but if his plans are not yet completed, we must maintain faith and confidence.
There are voices which have not spoken honestly to us for a long time. Satan loves for us to gain our perspective from those voices. Never doubt in the dark what God has said in the light!
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance
and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving,
continue to make your wants known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 Classic Amplified Bible