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Whose time is it anyway?
Godís timing doesnít always reconcile with our own
 
Published Sunday, May 11, 2014
by James Washington, The Houston Forward Times

When life gets really upside down with me spiritually, I get anxious and scattered. That is until I receive a reminder, often in the form of gentle nudge from my wife, to remember that my perceived angst has nothing to with the answers to my problems. God’s already taken care of that.

When I eventually calm down (and I always do), I realize that most of my current issues are related to time or my perceived lack thereof. It’s then that I recall a sermon titled “There is no such thing as an emergency in eternity,” by Dr. Freddie D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He teaches that for those of us who claim Christianity, we err if we think God’s time must somehow be reconciled with our own.

We all tend to want what we want now, immediately, including those things we ask of God. It’s an unspiritual byproduct of the fast-paced world in which we live. Save me now. Answer my prayer now. Solve this for me now. Deliver me from this job, this person, and this situation now!

Some of us even have the nerve to question God’s judgment based on the amount of time we perceive Him to be taking to get around to our situation. Prayer is compared to texting and waiting for God to text us back. One thing I have learned the hard way, I might add, is that God will answer and His answer will be right on time. His time!

The answer will be one of three things: yes, no or not now.

If we’re honest, the truth is we should be thanking God for not giving us many of the things for which we begged and pleaded to receive. Maybe it was a job or perhaps a person, (some man or woman) we thought we couldn’t live without. However in hindsight, you and anyone who knows you now realize that many of those misguided requests would have ended in disaster if granted. Some things I’ve learned through prayer. God delivers when He knows you can handle and or appreciate the blessing He is about to bestow.

There is a saying that “God won’t put anything on you that you can’t handle.” However, I have seen proof of the contrary. Many times I have known that I couldn’t go on any further, but somehow God got me through it. I don’t know how He did it. I just know that I placed it in His hands, and truly let it go because I certainly couldn’t deal with it. I simply let go and let God do His work.

The Bible teaches us that, “…It is not for you to know the times or the dates the father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” Acts 1:7-8.

This power I believe is evident when patience and prayer align and reveal to us that there is indeed a divine reason for us to experience whatever it is that we’re going through. Without these trials and tribulations, there can be no wisdom. Unless you submit to the will of God, there can be no salvation.

Without salvation, prayer cannot be answered. My own salvation lets me know that until I could give it all up to God, I couldn’t and didn’t appreciate anything that was provided to me for my own spiritual good. We see right past these things, these people who are placed in our lives to insure that we understand how blessed we really are when we are in a rush, about to lose our minds or become so caught up in this world that we think this is forever.

I will let you in on a little secret; it’s not. Once you trust the truth in this, like Abraham, there will be a ram that appears in the bush. And then you’ll understand that joy really does come in the morning. 

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