Understanding God’s Timing

Muir Woods National Monument (July 2017)

In a world that relies on instant gratification, it’s easy to get mad at God for not giving us answers immediately.

When I’ve given friends advice, my biggest plug has always been, “God has His timing and I believe it’s always longer than we expect or want.” I mean in today’s world we can order just about anything we want off our phones, i.e. Amazon Prime and Postmates. But we can also receive answers instantly, just ask Siri.

If we want to know how long it takes for God to show us His plan, as followers of Christ we should take a look into the past and it should really humble our thoughts.


After killing an Egyptian, Moses spent 40 years in the desert as a shepherd. That means Moses was not called by God until he was EIGHTY YEARS OLD. Moses spent years and years running away from his problems and making a new life for himself. But God had it all figured out. He learned from an early age about God, then he learned about Egypt from Pharaoh, and finally God humbled him in the desert, so that he could save his people in GOD’S TIMING.


Genesis 5:32

32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

WHAT? Noah was FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OLD when he was the father to three sons. He had been living on the earth for five centuries and had gained God’s favor when He had decided to flood the earth and destroy the wickedness.


At the beginning of Genesis chapter 12, God asked Abram to leave his home and country and he makes Abram three promises: the promise of a relationship with God, numerous descendents and land.

Although Abram doesn’t know who God is, he leaves his home and follows God’s instructions. As a result of his obedience, God changes his name to Abraham, meaning ‘father of the people’.

When Abraham turned ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD, he was given a son through his first wife Sarah. Issac would then be the descendant of the promise land.

Finally, Abraham for years and years led his people to this promise land, but because he stumbled in God’s instructions, he was not given the gift of actually setting foot in what would later become Israel.

You see, God has his timing for a reason and I think REVENANT Magazine does a great job in listing these reasons out:

God makes us wait because waiting Reveals Our True Motives,  Builds Patience In Our Lives, Builds Anticipation, Transforms Our Character, and Builds Intimacy And Dependency Upon God.

Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

It is not our job to worry about when, where, with who, or even how? It is our job to trust and to be obedient to God so that we can work with Him in unfathomable ways.

So the next time you get impatient with waiting on God’s plan about dating, your job/school, family, or anything else, just remember that God is always with you and HE DOES HAVE A PLAN!

A plan that will blow your mind because God has a way of giving us euphoric moments when He’s revealing what we should do. Keep praying, keep trusting, and keep living! God keeps His favor in those who rely whole-heartedly in Him.

Notable verses: Isaiah 40:31, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2 Peter 3:8, Acts 1:7, Galatians 4:4, Lamentations 3:25-26

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