Discipleship

In God’s Perfect Time

God's Perfect Time. Photo Credit: savvyhomemaking.com

God’s Perfect Time. Photo Credit: savvyhomemaking.com

“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him”. Psalm 18:30 (NIV)

The Psalmist says that “God’s way is perfect”; that includes His sense of timing. So perfect is God’s control of time that the apostle Paul said:

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly”. Romans 5:6 (NIV)  The key word here is “at just the right time”.

That act constituting the perfect sacrifice to redeem mankind from the power of sin and death was carried out in God’s perfect time. Not too early, not too late, but just at the right time. Jesus died for your sins and mine to redeem us at just the right time.

Oftentimes we think of time in the concept of chronos. Chronos is the linear time; the time as we know it and are consciously aware of – the hours, the minutes and the seconds in a day. This concept of time are like grains of sand sifting through an hourglass: once it is gone, there is no way to recover it back.

However, there is another concept of time in the Bible. It’s called Kairos. And it refers to God’s perfect timing. God is in absolute control over everything and everyone from eternity to eternity, from everlasting to everlasting. Everything that is happening in our lives are ensuing for a reason. Nothing happens by accident.

Even the length of our days has been determined, from the day we were born to the day of our burial (yup, sadly – we all have an expiration date, and there is nothing we can do about it. Only an act of a Sovereign and powerful God can change it). Kairos is not understood in terms of hours and minutes but in terms of perfect opportunity that leverages an action.

Some moments in our lives are more valuable than others. We need to seize those moments to make them even more worthwhile. A five-minute (5 minute) time spent with the people we love are more precious than a 5-minute time spent in front of a television set.

Now, there are certain things that will help us experience God’s perfect time in our lives. First of all, we need patience. In the Scriptures, patience is defined as “cheerful endurance”. It is the ability to wait with a sense of excitement knowing that He who promised us is faithful. It also means to endure whatever circumstances we have without losing sight of the fact that all things will work together for good to those who love God.

Remember, some of the greatest blessings from God comes through patience. And God knows perfectly when to give you the desires of your heart. Knowing that God’s way is perfect will help you grasp how truly wonderful and amazing He is.

Secondly, we need to learn to completely trust God’s sovereignty in our lives. To completely trust means to fully depend on Him, without holding back a bit. To acknowledge His sovereignty is also one way of showing God that He is the ruler and the master of our lives. It means transferring the authority to Him because we are no longer in control.

In Proverbs 3:5, the Scriptures says,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. (NIV)

Sometimes we don’t understand God’s plan for our lives and we can’t see how things are going to work perfectly for us. However, it is during this time of uncertainty that we must continue to trust in His goodness. Remember that God’s word is flawless, meaning you cannot find fault in what God says. What He says will certainly come to pass.

Have you ever wondered how a flower blooms beautifully in season with the right combination of sunshine, rain, and soil nutrients? Just wait for God’s kairos. You may lose a little time and it may take a little faith, but in the end it will be worth the wait. In God’s perfect time, all things will fall into place and you will find what you seek, you will receive what you ask, and a door of opportunity will be opened for you.

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2 thoughts on “In God’s Perfect Time

  1. Greetings Benjie! I love this post about God’s timing. How very true that as we look back on our lives we understand how God was working all things for good in the perfect timing. Well written!

    I found your site while searching for information about believers in Libya. I’m working on the Africa Study Bible project and we are looking for people from every African country to give us a proverb or story that we could connect to the Bible, or an application note instructing people how to live out their faith in their contexts. Perhaps you know of a proverb or story from your time working there? Please contact me as soon as possible at hannah@oasisint.net if you have ideas!

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