Here are 3 signs that often mean God is saying, “In my timing, I will do it!”
1. If God Has Given You a Specific Calling but He’s Still Preparing You for That Calling, This Is a Sign He Is Saying “In My Timing, I Will Do It!”
You have a calling. I don’t know what that calling is, but I know God has called you to do something for his glory.
In fact, each of us will have many different kinds of callings in our lives from God. For example, most of you will be called out of singleness one day and into marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-7). All Christians are called to use our spiritual gifts to serve others for the glory of God (Romans 12:3-8). And sometimes God puts us in one position for a time but then calls us to fulfill a different position at a later point in our lives (Acts 6:1-7).
My point is, there will be different callings on each of our lives and through different seasons those callings may change as the Lord calls us to something new. But it’s clear that God certainly does have callings for us all that he will accomplish in his timing.
Therefore, may we remember the words found in Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
2. If You Are in Need of God’s Deliverance, This Is a Sign He Is Saying, “In My Timing, I Will Do It!”
If God’s deliverance was always immediate there would never be a need to cry out for deliverance because God would never allow us to face any trials. But avoidance is not the way God delivers us from the trials and hardships we go through.
Rather, in his sovereignty, God allows his people to go through dark valleys so that we might shine the light of Christ brightly (Matthew 5:11-16, Psalm 23:3-5).
So if you find yourself in need of deliverance that only God can bring, this is a sign the Lord is telling you to trust his timing. As 1 Peter 5:6-10 states:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
3. If Your Heart Is Crying Out for a Promise Which Will Be Fulfilled in the Next Chapter of God’s Redemption Story, This Is a Sign God Is Saying, “In My Timing, I Will Do It!”
I wish I could tell you that every prayer request you have will be answered with God saying, “In my timing, I will do it!” But as any honest Christian will tell you, there is no promise in the Bible that portrays God like a genie, bound to obey whoever holds his lamp. No, God is sovereign and in his providence he brings about his will in the ways that he wants.
Sometimes are desires align with God’s will. Sometimes your longing for a spouse will be answered sooner than you thought it would. Sometimes it will be answered much later than you had hoped. And sometimes people who want to be married will remain single forever.
Sometimes God will perform a miracle and the cancer completely vanishes and leaves the doctor with her jaw dropped to the floor. Sometimes God will work through a long season of chemotherapy and eventually you will be cancer free. At other times, the cancer continues to ravish our bodies and we have to leave this world faster than we had planned.
But may I remind you of God’s bigger promise that goes beyond each of our individual stories. Our individual lives matter immensely to God. But ultimately each of our stories do not end with us. Ultimately, we are all a part of God’s bigger redemption story. Ultimately, every longing we have for something good we do not yet possess is really just an echo of our deeper longing for a perfect connection with God. And to that desire I can assure God is saying, “In my timing, I will do it!” As Revelation 21:1-5 promises:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”
We can trust God’s timing. As Isaiah 60:22 (NIV) states, “I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.”
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