The God of Timing

The first three words in the Bible allude to time. ‘In the beginning’ (Genesis 1:1). Everything God created was categorized according to time; the first day, the second day, the third day . . . up until the sixth day. The first thing God called to being was light and He ‘called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night”. And there was evening, and there was morning- the first day’ (v5). Although God is outside of time, He chooses to use time in His dealings with us (probably because our lives and everything on earth are literally ticking on a clock).

David writes, ‘You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises and they steal away: they return and lie down in their dens. The man goes out to his work, to his labour until evening’ (Psalm 104:20:23). Great! at least now we know that one of the reasons God uses time is to keep us from bumping into lions and other wild animals as we go to work- so that the earth can all sustain both man and animal equally.

Jesus, being God Himself, His clock was set to 33 years while on earth. He began His ministry at ‘about 30 years old’ (Luke 3:23) and at 33, He died, and on the third day He rose again, and after 40 days ‘He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God’ (Ephesians 1:20). With the YOLO (You only live once) motto taking root in society, many have construed it to mean that there is no right time for anything. Do whatever, say whichever and live however because I mean our time is short, right? However, the wisest man who ever lived (and had lived his life to the fullest by the way) discounts this notion and writes, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Jesus seemed to be obsessed with time and actually knew what to do with it. Unlike many of us who struggle to manage few hours (leave alone our entire lives), Jesus seemed to glide through time. He knew what to do, when to do it– ‘“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come’ (John 2:4), where to be, and even His time for dying- ‘Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified”’ (John 12:23). When His brothers urged Him to showcase His miracles, one would think that there is never a wrong time for such, but Jesus in His wisdom responds;

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

Unlike for Jesus, time for us seems like a mystery. We don’t know if we are coming, going, or gone. We are mere phantom; we are ‘those who cannot keep themselves alive’ (Psalm 22:29). We don’t know what the next minute will spring forth, leave alone tomorrow. No wonder some consult astrologers to know what their lucky day is, and horoscopes to know when is the best time to cross the road. But God forbids those who ‘interprets omens’ (Deuteronomy 18:10) and other practises He sees as detestable- because they all consult familiar, demonic spirits and not God’s Spirit.

You may wonder, so how can Christians then know what to do? And when to do it? God urges us to take each day at a time and not to worry about tomorrow. Jesus even tells His disciples, ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority’ (Acts 1:7). While this may breed uncertainty for some, those following Christ can rest in His guidance because, ‘our times are in thy hand’ (Psalm 31:15). Jesus mostly wants us to focus on the present and make most use of it. He even rebukes the crowd saying, ‘Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?’ (Luke 12:56).

With God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, we always know what to do and say at every moment. No wonder His ‘mercies are new every morning’ (Lamentations 3:23). His revelation may give us a glimpse of what is to come because ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever’ (Deuteronomy 29:29). But more often than not, God’s prophesies do not come with a timeline. God to Abraham said, ‘I will make you into a great nation’ (Genesis 12:2), but it was only in Joshua’s time that they knew that ‘three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you’ (Joshua 1:9).

At the right time, His time, God reveals to us what we need to know. But to every believer, He gives discernment like the ‘men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do’ (1 Chronicles 12:32). Because all believers understand (and everyone should) that ‘the days are evil’ (Ephesians 5:15), so we can ‘Be very careful, then how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity . . . therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is’ (v15-16). This echoes Jesus when He says;

‘As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no-one can work’ ~ John 9:4

31 thoughts on “The God of Timing

  1. Thank you, Carolyne, for shadding light and pointing this angle on time and the omnipresent GOD–JESUS CHRIST. As GOD bestowed wisdom on Solomon and after sharing his wisdom in some psalms and the book proverbs, he pointed out that there is time for everything. True, when one reflects on ones life; so we maximize the time we have now to serve him in our ministry. GOD bless you and your family!

  2. Hey, I love what you’re doing and I want to help you out. I am actually a Christian musician and I was wondering if like we could collaborate, I could direct people to your site and in turn you could like post one of my YouTube videos on your blog. I currently have 100 twitter followers, 75 Facebook friends, 50 Instagram followers and most of those people are Christians. Hit me up if you like the idea. Thank you for listening and may God bless you

      • Hello Gonzalez! Thanks for sharing the link. I like what your channel is about. Your recent music ‘Everlasting Mercy’ is a true blessing. You are blessed of the Lord and I will definitely share your music in any way possible I can. However, I don’t think I’m the best ‘promoter’ but what I am assured of is that you are gifted and that Jesus is your promoter and He is taking you places! All the same, nice meeting you again and looking forward to more from you (I have already subscribed to your channel). Stay blessed! 😊

      • You are a blessing! And it doesn’t matter how well you promote, what matters is two things, that you love God above all else and coming down all the way last is that you do your best! Thank you so much I will mention your website and put a link in the description of my next video , you have a blessed day

      • Thank you! I appreciate you, but please don’t feel obliged to promote me as such- though I am truly honoured. I will be attaching your links to my blog posts when the context fits. But I will remember to spread the word. Blessing 😊

      • Hey, just a quick update, I’ve recently shared your account on my platforms and I hope that you can grow, you can check out my twitter @germangonzalez23 just to see the post. If you Facebook search German Gonzalez too I’m pretty sure you’ll find my account and you’ll see your blog site in one of my posts telling people to follow your site. Just letting you know

      • Thank you for the update. Wow, thank you too for taking the effort to share my blog. May God truly bless you for your kind heart, more than I can ever repay. I will definitely check out your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Blessings!

  3. Thanks so much for this amazing content. It reminds me of the words of Jesus, that we take no thoughts for tomorrow, for what we shall drink, eat, or wear. Life is far more than that.
    More grace beyond measures

  4. Hmmmmm, I’ve had to be taught this again. As I read I remembered the story of Lazarus, they had called Jesus and he came at the third day and when he came in his calm, everyone was upset but Jesus replied them and said the lords timing isn’t ours, even if he was three days late, he was still in time. God is such a mysterious being but a loving father too. He brings things our way to teach us and this period, I’ve had to understand the benefits of waiting on God he’s never late. In Nigeria we usually say God’s time is the best. Thank you for your words dear girl! God bless you!

  5. Excellent message, Carolyne!
    I had a student once who was quiet and struggled a little academically, but I later found out she had a certain wisdom beyond her years. She quipped that people sometimes use “YOLO” as an excuse to do dangerous things, but if it stands for “You only live once,” shouldn’t it be the opposite? – “I’d better buckle my seatbelt. YOLO.” Turned out she was a smart kid. 😉

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