EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 60:22—At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen. (NLT)
Galatians 4:4—When the time was right, God sent His Son, and a woman gave birth to Him. (CEV)
Ephesians 1:10,11—And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together … He makes everything work out according to His plan. (NLT)
John 2:1-11—There was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told Him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My TIME has NOT yet come.” 5 BUT his mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 He said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed His instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him. (NLT)
The Hebrew verb ‘eth (aith) is used in Isaiah 60 when Scripture talks about how God works His plans out: it means “fit; proper time.” God will work His timing when it best fits. He reiterates this about His wisdom in the NT in Ephesians when God says He’ll work out His plan in the “right time.” Do you think it is right or wrong, then, to ask God to act in a certain timing?
For a cross-reference to better understand this deep idea, make sure to look at John 2:1-11. Whose timing was Jesus’ timing?
What are the implications of this idea of God’s “timing” to our prayer life and how we “believe” in Him like His first disciples?
What miracle of timing are you asking God to perform right now?
Father, You are working things out in ways that best fit for Your plan for all of us and for the best way we might all recognize You as the Powerful and Wise God. But everything in my soul tells me my strongest faith also always includes praying to You–asking You to act. (Just like Your mother Mary did.) I will never presume I know best, but I also know You love us so much You’ll do miracles when we ask. I’m OK living in the tension of not knowing how that all works because You do! I love You, Lord. Amen.