The old saying says, “Timing is everything.” As for the Bible, it makes no attempt to downplay the idea. It tells us that God the Father didn’t send Jesus to the earth until “the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4, N.K.J.V.). It tells us that Jesus died for the ungodly “in due time” (Romans 5:6, N.K.J.V.). It tells us that there is “a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, N.K.J.V.). It tells us that God “has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, N.K.J.V.).
What is it that you are waiting on God to do? Perhaps your unrequited waiting has caused you to conclude that what you are waiting on is never going to happen. You’ve started telling yourself, “It must not be God’s will. If it was, it would have happened by now.”
Well, I’d be lying if I promised you that God always says, “Yes” to our requests. Sometimes He really does say, “No” even to requests that make perfect sense to us not only logically but spiritually. On the other hand, though, if His “Yes” gets delayed long enough, it can take on the false appearance of a “No.” It’s these situations that require great patience on our part as we are forced to wait for His timing.
I have lived long enough to learn that God isn’t in a hurry. I’ve seen Him bleed a “Yes” out for years, even decades, before finally bringing it to pass. Why does He do this? Does He just like watching us squirm? No, His reasons are far more loving than that. He makes us wait because He loves us enough to put in the necessary time to teach us, instruct us, mold us, shape us, train us, mature us, and season us. You see, God isn’t satisfied to merely grant our request; He wants to make sure that before we receive it we have reached a state where we can properly appreciate it and use it as He wants us to use it.
Frank W. Boreham was a highly influential pastor of another day. I offer the following quote from him as an encouragement to anyone who is right now waiting out God’s timing for the fulfillment of a “Yes.” I’ll even add in the scripture references for the Bible stories the quote references so that you can read them for yourself and draw encouragement from them. Boreham wrote:
Give God time, and even when the knife flashes in the air, the ram will be seen caught in the thicket (Genesis 22:1-13). Give God time, and even when Pharaoh’s host is on Israel’s heels, a path through the waters will be suddenly opened (Exodus 14:1-31). Give God time, and when the bed of the brook is dry, Elijah will hear the guiding voice (1 Kings 17:1-9).
And so, dear reader, my closing advice to you is very simple and direct. Whatever that “Yes” is that you are waiting to be fulfilled, give God time. Oh, and while you are waiting be sure to cooperate with Him fully as He does the work inside you that will prepare you to make the most of the request once you receive it.