Pastor's Blog

Right on Time

April 7, 2017

A preacher who poured a lot into me as a young man was often heard saying “God is never early and He’s never late; He’s always right on time.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reminded myself of this quote over the years. And even though there is great truth in this statement, it doesn’t make the waiting any easier. We are impatient people. There are people that won’t wait for fast food. If it’s not ready when they pull up to the drive thru window, they drive through.

Last Sunday we considered Jesus’ declaration that He is “… The Way, The Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) The larger context determined that this was meant to encourage to His Followers. John records Jesus’ words as “Let not your hearts be troubled” (v. 1). If we had been there, our reply might have been “Too late.” The fears of this life or the hurts of others might be so acute right now that you’d love to hear “Let not your heart be troubled”. Know that the Savior doesn’t desire you to be fearful or worried. Both of those attitudes are addressed in Scripture (John 14:27; Isaiah 43:1; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7) and present some hindrances to experiencing the freedom that Jesus offers.

Patience is the byproduct of waiting on God. Think about how long God worked in Moses’ life before he was ready for what God has called him to. He spent around 40 years in the wilderness before he went to Pharaoh to lead God’s people out. That’s over 14,000 days. Don’t you wonder if Moses ever wearied with what God was doing? But God was right on time. After Paul’s dramatic conversion, he was in the desert for three years (Galatians 1:18). We don’t know the educational plan, but God was molding Him for the right time. If your heart is troubled, find rest in the reminder “God is never early and He’s never late.” When you do, you’ll never regret it.

Pastor Dave

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