God's timing is best

'It is time... the appointed time has come.' Psalm 102:13 NIV

Waiting can be hard, especially if we've been waiting a really long time. We generally want God to act quickly and change our situations and bring the good times immediately. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) we're told, 'there is a time for everything'.

Throughout the Bible God made people wait. Abraham and Sarah had to wait for a son, Joseph went through many bad situations before it was the right time to be given authority in Egypt. Simeon was waiting for God's salvation, and those who had been exiled by the Babylonians were waiting for freedom. Even Jesus had to wait to begin his ministry. For many of these people, the wait wasn't a few weeks or months, it was years! For the exiles, it was 70 years. We read: 'This is what the Lord says: "Babylon will be powerful for seventy years. After that time I will come to you, and I will keep my promise to bring you back to Jerusalem"' (Jeremiah 29:10 NCV). God had an appointed time for the exiles: 'You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come' (Psalm 102:13 NIV).

As we wait, we may become frustrated and disappointed, and even be tempted to think that God's forgotten and abandoned us. But God knows the right time to bring change and come through for us.

So what now? When the waiting gets tough read this: 'Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help' (Psalm 27:14 NCV). While you're waiting, God is working.

Soulfood: Heb 1-4, Mark 10:13-22, Ps 88:9b-18, Pro 11:27-29

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