Somebody woke up this morning in a rush for God to send them a confirmation or an answer to their prayer. Somebody paced all night long crying out to God for him to come and to come now. Somebody worried all day yesterday about a situation that they supposedly turned over to God but took it back when he didn’t come fast enough. Well, I stopped by for a moment to let you know that everything works in God’s time and not yours. Yea, you know that you should have died a long time ago but God keeps sparing your life trying to give you time to get it together. You know that car wreck was supposed to kill you but instead God allowed you to walk away with just a few scrapes and bruises because he is trying to give you time to get it right. You know that bullet that went into your chest was supposed to kill you instantly but God turned that thang around so that it missed your main artery because he’s trying to give you time to forgive folks who hurt you. Baby, you’d better wake up and realize that God won’t keep sparing you when you keep not caring. You want God to show up as soon as you open your eyes from praying with the answer to your question, but it doesn’t work like that. Why, because God moves at his own pace and at his own time. When Mary and Martha called for Jesus to come heal their brother Lazarus, he tarried for 2 more days because he had to wait for his Father to give him the power that he needed in order to wake him from his sleep. So when he finally came Lazarus had been in the tomb for 4 days but Jesus simply prayed “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me,” (John 11:41-42) Even Jesus had to wait for God’s time.
So stop rushing God when he is trying to do his will. I know you are trying to see if you should take this job but if it is meant for you, they’ll wait. I know you need to decide if this car loan is the one for you, but it is meant for you, they’ll wait. Philippians 4:6 say “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God has a specific reason and time for everything that he does. That’s why Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” See, if God showed up every time you snapped your fingers, you’d be too busy counting your blessings instead of thanking God for them. If God came to get you out of trouble as fast and you got in it, you’d never learn from your mistakes. Sometimes God has to allow us to wallow in our mess in order for us to learn the error of our ways because if he snatched us out of every bad situation right when they happened, how would you stop making that mistake? You know how you’ve had too much to drink but you still get behind the wheel, swerving while you driving and as soon as the police get behind you with their lights on you start praying to God expecting him to change your blood alcohol level before the cops get to your window. You get caught stealing and now you want God to make the shirt disappear from your bag before the security guards checks it when you know you shouldn’t have been stealing in the first place. No, God doesn’t work that way. He allows you to go through the consequences for your actions in order to learn from them.
Don’t you know that a baby will continue trying to touch the hot stove even after you’ve told them 4 times not too, until they touch it and get burned? Well, God is the parent telling you not to do certain things and even though he’s told you over and over, you do it anyway until you get burned and now you expect God to drop everything he’s doing to come and see about you. No ma’am, no sir, it doesn’t work that way! He told you not to rob and steal, yet you do and as soon as you get caught and go to jail, you become a jail house preacher when you could have been one outside the bars. God says don’t commit adultery but you do until that person’s spouse catches you and all the crap has hit the fan and now you’re at the altar crying your eyes out. God says don’t lie but you do until it catches up to you and now you’re trying to back paddle out of it by quoting scriptures. Child cut it out! God’s word says in Ecclesiastes 8:5-6, “Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.” If you’ve done wrong there will be a time to pay for your actions and although it may not come at the time the wrong is done, it will come. If you’ve been blamed for something that you haven’t done, the time will come for your wrong to be made right as well. That’s why Proverbs 12:21 says, “No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.”
Stop rushing God and stop rushing time. If it’s meant for you to have a new job, car, house, spouse, baby or friends; they’ll come when the time is right. Haven’t you notice that things seems to fall into place when you least expect it? That’s because God is working on his time and not ours. If he worked on our schedule some of us would be worse off. You know this to be true when some of us will sleep the day away, some of us are never on time and then when we do show up we complaining, some never stay the entire time and then when you do you complain and some just don’t have a care in the world about nothing or nobody so they move when they say move. You know that your sister asked you last night to drop her off at work this morning at 8AM and although you agreed and charged gas money, you still didn’t show up to 8. What if God treated us the same way? You’d better stop taking God for granted because when you need him the most he won’t be there. Stop taking time for granted because when you need it most, it won’t be there and stop taking folk for granted because when you need them most they may not be there. God moves at his time because he knows what you need, when you need it, how you need and where you need it to be. Take him at his word and let him do his part, concentrate on yours!