God’s Timing; June 28, 2020

Jeremiah 30:24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understand this.

Believers throughout history have said, “How long, Lord?” Even in Revelation we have, “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.” (Revelation 6:9-11) And here we have the answer. God never does anything accidentally, and His plans are from before the creation of the universe. With our very limited human perspective we get all tied in knots over times and seasons, when for God it is all now. That’s why Peter so famously said, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) To us, sometimes things seem to take forever, and sometimes things happen so fast our heads spin. A year ago no one on earth would have predicted the pandemic and everything else that’s going on today, and yet in many ways it seems like a different world. It might help us to think about the differences in time perspective between a small child and an older adult. For a small child, a year is a major fraction of their entire life, whereas for someone my age it seems like just yesterday we were buying more kerosene for heating. Realizing that, we then need to remember that one of God’s titles is “Ancient of Days.” (Daniel 7) From His perspective, Adam and Eve were just yesterday! Accepting God’s schedule is a major part of faith. We need to trust Him not only with what, but with when. This is especially true for major life events as well as major events in society/history. Just looking over the events of the 20th Century, for example, we can see that things happened with remarkable speed, even when they might have seemed interminable to those in the middle of them. That is still true today, so we need to keep praying that God’s kingdom come and His will be done, in our personal lives and in the world, for His glory.

This is of intense personal interest to me right now, because early this year the Lord indicated to my wife that she “didn’t have to worry about Christmas this year.” She herself took that as meaning the Lord would return by then, but when she told me, I had the strong feeling that He would come for her in that time frame, rather than it being His 2nd Coming. With her list of medical issues, that would be no surprise, actually. Just this past week we discovered that two of her doctors had prescribed medications that, interacting, could have stopped her heart permanently. That issue is being cleared up, but there are doubtless many others we don’t see. Naturally, this has had a strong impact on us. We see every day as precious, and priorities really shift. We seek God for what He wants us doing right now, how He wants us to use this minute. Actually, that’s how we should have been living all along, but now we are aware of it. We now have more frequent, and deeper, communication with our daughters. Since Cathy has already been to heaven and come back, over 40 years ago now, that part of it is no worry, but there are many other issues. We’ve got to remember that life doesn’t stop now just because it someday will. Also, nothing on this earth is forever. The virus, the injustice, the riots, the political mess, all of that will be gone. We need to trust God, and as He told me personally, rest, relax, and rejoice.

Father, thank You for all that we’re going through. I would be thrilled if Cathy not worrying about Christmas is something other than her not being here, but help us trust You whatever it means. May our lives reflect and represent our Lord with full accuracy, drawing many to repentance and faith, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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