Saturday, 15 August 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 a young child.

4 comments:

  1. I'm old and I still lack patience, LOL. There's nothing worse than an impatient old man.

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    1. Too true Manny. My prayer is: "Dear Lord give me patience; and be quick about it!"

      God bless.

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  2. Ha! I laughed out loud at your example there. The passage you quoted, however, has always stayed with me. I refer to it often when things do not work on my timetable, to remind myself that God's is much different than mine. God Bless you!

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    1. Me too, Michael. The passage from Peter has always confused me.

      It is said that if you pray for someone, say they are having an operation in hospital at 3.00pm; and you forgot and prayed well after 3.00pm; God still hears your prayer and can act on it if it is His wish because to Him past, present and future are one.

      God bless.

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