Timing Is Everything
Often times, we place major emphases on time. We complain about not having enough time, about things or people taking too much time, and we even complain about things happening too quickly and not taking enough time. It has become apparent that when relating to time, humans are never satisfied. For humans, there is never right timing for anything. In fact, the statement that timing is everything is used in many circumstances and for many reasons. We depend on timing for obtaining a sale price for something we really want, to the point that we often find ourselves falling for some scheme devised for the sole purpose of causing us to make an impulsive decision to make a purchase that will most likely be a great percentage less in just a few days, if only we had waited patiently.
However, with God, his timing is always the right timing. Whether it is an illness, a situation, or even a death, Gods timing is never early nor is it ever late. We handle things, people and circumstances, in relation to timing, based on what we knew yesterday, perceive today, or think and hope about tomorrow. Our timing is all based on the past and wishes for the future. Gods timing is based on facts, and the things that He knows about the future. For example, God does not leave anything to chance nor does He ever perform anything the way in which I first learned to operate a computer. Many times in the past, while learning a computer, I have pushed some buttons and literally hoped for the best outcome. Thankfully there was invented a program called system restore. This is a lifesaver when using a computer in this manner, as pushing the wrong button at the wrong time could cause disastrous results without this feature. Life however, does not have a system restore function that can erase mistakes, ill advised actions, or misspoken words, as well as their undesirable consequences. When we make decisions, speak or write words, and take actions at the wrong time, their outcome will not be of a desirable nature. While we may often feel and think that life is just a big gamble, there is a way for us to ensure everything about our life occurs with the right timing. We, as Christians, do not have to leave things to chance and make decisions while hoping for the best. God provided a part of Himself for us to utilize for this very purpose. God always pushes the right button and furthermore He pushes it at the right time. God is always right with all things and His timing has always been perfect for each and every occasion.
When Jesus was ascending back to the Father, he made a promise of sending the Holy Spirit back as a comforter and as a guide to lead us in all things and to teach us all things pertaining to God. Following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, will cause us to make not only good decisions, but will cause our actions, decisions and words to be at the right place, in the right manner and most importantly at the right time.
As an illustration of His timing being the right timing, Jesus gave us the account of the death and subsequent resurrection of Lazarus. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick unto death, we are told that He tarried two more days before starting the journey to where Lazarus lay sick. Upon His arrival, Martha lamented to Jesus that her brother would still be alive if Jesus had gotten there in time. While it appeared that Jesus had arrived four days too late, in fact His timing was impeccable to perform Gods intended work. Gods timing is especially important when dealing with a persons salvation. Satan will never tell a person not to get saved, but will instead talk them into putting the decision off until a more convenient time. However, a person can only become born again when Gods Spirit is dealing with their heart.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
While our timing is quite often off target and off base, we can see that
Gods timing is everything.
Do The Right Thing
Scripture reference: Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
right thing. God gives us the perfect example of doing the right thing versus doing things right. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God could have easily and justifiably turned his back on mankind and allowed man to writhe in the mess he had created for himself. After all, God had given a direct order concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. His distinct order was to NOT eat of it, and the end result of violating that order was certain death. However, God, who had created this man now in violation of His order, chose to do the right thing and provide a way for mankind to find forgiveness for his transgressions. God went further by providing a supreme sacrifice, Jesus Christ, for the sins of the whole world. All of this took place when He would have been right in allowing man to just go headlong into hell with no hope. Instead, God provided man the opportunity. Simple child-like faith and acceptance of His sacrifice is all that is required for people to receive the atonement for sins. We also frequently face situations of making the choice to do the right thing. There are people that absolutely infuriate us to no end. While we are given clearance to dislike and to even hate their ways, we are required to do the right thing of loving that person. In times when people may hurt our feelings to no end, God still wants us to love that individual and to forgive that person so that we are not held hostage by what they have done.
2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
When we allow the actions of other people to dictate our moods, reactions and lives, we become under
under bondage of them. When we do the right thing and follow Gods leadership instead of following our own devices, we will release ourselves from the rule of others and we will find a restoration of peace in our own lives.
While retaliation and justice quite well may be doing things right, forgiveness and mercy mean doing the right thing. God blesses the right thing, he does not bless things right. God is right in every aspect and in every way, and therefore what He expects and puts His approval on is right. God does not bless, nor approve of wrong things. Because of this, our focus needs to be on what is right.
Lets Do The Right Thing!
Avoiding a Life of Regret
Scripture reference: Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
One of the most tormenting things in life is the game we play with ourselves of Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda. This is the game we play as a result of regrets, either for something we did or something we should have done. No matter the reason that we play this game, it is a very harsh, joy robbing, and will make us miserable kind of game.
The absolute best way to handle the regret game is to avoid it all together. This avoidance can only be accomplished through following Gods leadership in every aspect of our lives. When we follow God completely, every decision we make, every act we perform, every word we speak, and every interaction with others will be governed by the Holy Spirit, and will be without any looking back and wishing for a better and different outcome. The reason for this is that while our hindsight may be 20-20, the foresight of God is immeasurable by any scale. God can see into our future and He will lead us based on what he knows and not just a thought of, well I think it would be best if philosophy.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
In this scripture, Peter gives us the perfect formula for handling those times of regret, when we find them causing us grief and worry. When we do find ourselves in a regretful situation, we should give those cares to God, ask His forgiveness, and allow Him to deal with them for us. Once we allow Him to deal with our regrets, we should use those as a catalyst for ensuring that we follow His leadership for future situations.