Saturday, 10 January 2015

God's Timescale

Nothing teaches us patience like waiting.

Remember when you were young and lacked patience? In those days a week was like a year. Especially if you’d been promised something by your parents and you had to wait and wait …

I suspect the same applies to us when we relate to God. We pray for something and wait … but God does not work to our timescales. He has His own plans and maybe what we’re asking for is not good for us … just yet.

Which reminds me of another story which I remember very distinctly from my youth.

The reading in church was from 2 Peter 3:8 where he says: “There is no difference in the Lord’s sight between one day and a thousand years; to Him the two are the same”.

I remember thinking as a child: it must be difficult to have an appointment with God. Imagine God saying to Moses to go to Mount Sinai “tomorrow”; and Moses asking “Is that in 24 hours or in a thousand years time? Because I’d be dead by then!”

I hope God forgave the impertinent mind of young child.

14 comments:

  1. Well, we all know we have an appointment with God. May he have mercy on us all.

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    1. Thank you for this sobering thought, Manny.

      God bless you.

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  2. One of God's attributes--timeless!

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  3. I was just thinking of what a Clock says, Tic Talk, Tic Talk, Tic Talk

    I'm sure that GOD (Good Old Dad) will forgive me for thinking such a thing...lol

    God Bless

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  4. The passage you quoted has always been one of the hardest things for me to understand. How can a day be a thousand years? How can time work like that (or not work at all for that matter)? I come to grips with it by chalking it up to one of those things that is impossible for us as humans to understand. But it doesn't stop my from wondering.

    I did very much enjoy your joke about the appointment!

    God Bless you!

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    1. Michael, there are so many things in my little book which I'd like to ask God about one day. This is one of them.

      You know, I read somewhere that if you need to pray for someone, say a friend undergoing an operation today at 1.00pm; yet - it is now already 5.00pm. You can say the prayer anyway even if the operation has taken place; because to God time is elastic and , if it is His will, your prayer would be heard even if said AFTER the event in question. I'm not sure I quite understand that. Another thing to put in my book.

      God bless you.

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  5. Hi Victor! I am well versed in God's timing, believe me. It seems like I always think God will take care of me right away. But I forget it's all about his timing. Not mine.
    I sure hope he will help me to understand his ways. But if I never do, it's okay. I'll be granted the patience I need to wait in his arms.
    Blessings!
    Ceil

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    1. It's great to see you visiting again Ceil. Thank you. I hope you are getting better. I am praying for you.

      God's timing is, as everything else, according to His will. I hope and pray that, as you say, He looks down on us and longs to hold us in His arms.

      God bless you.

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  6. A great post Victor! Patience is not one of my better attributes, being part of the first "now" generation. I think part of the secret of patience lies in trust and love. By that I mean as our trust and love in God grows, so will our ability to be able to wait on His answer to our prayers--knowing that He knows best; knowing that His love for us is a perfect love.
    Have a great week!
    Blessings, Aimee

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    1. Very wise words Aimee. Thank you. Yes, we need to trust Him more that He has our best interests at heart.

      God bless you.

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  7. I suppose patience is a virtue that is also a continous work in progress.

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    1. Too true, it is a work in progress.

      God bless you, Sue.

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