God's Timing

Scripture: John 7:6, ‘Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.’

 

Observations: It’s always good to ask what the ‘therefore’ is there for? In verses 1-5 Jesus’ brothers tell him to go to Jerusalem to the Feast of Tabernacles, for he would never become famous teaching in Galilee. But Jesus tells them, ‘The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.’ Jesus’s brothers didn’t really believe that Jesus was the Christ (v5), and they didn’t understand what the Bible said would happen to the Christ, for them Jesus should just get on with it. But Jesus knew that as the Christ he had come to die for the sins of God’s people. Jesus knew that the time for him to go public wasn’t yet. He had to be careful that he had the time to teach what he needed to teach, and to prepare his disciples, because after his death he would have very limited time. Jesus was waiting on God’s timing. That didn’t mean he wouldn’t go the Feast, because a few days after his brothers went Jesus went also. But it just meant he went in secret, he went according to God’s will, not that of his brothers.

 

Application: Like Jesus’ brothers often ‘any time is right’ for us. We want things now, instead of when God wants them. We have our schedule and our plans and often we get upset when they don’t turnout how we expect. We forget that God has his schedule and his plans and things will work out exactly as God expects. The challenge for us is to trust in God’s timing. The challenge for us is to find out what God desires and submit ourselves to his plans. That doesn’t mean we are inactive while we wait for God to make his will clear, it just means that we step out in faith trusting that God will steer us in the directions he desires. We hold onto our plans lightly in submission to God’s will.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I have plans for today, things that I want to get done, but Lord, I submit myself to what You have planned for me today. Lord, I pray that I will see interruptions as opportunities to do Your will in Your time. Lord, give me patience to trust that what You have for me is good. Lord, give me faith to trust that You will guide my steps today. And Lord, help me trust that if things don’t turn out the way I expected that they have turned out just as You planned. May my day bring You glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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