Time is one thing we as humans cannot escape. Have you ever tried imagining something that is outside of time, something that exceeds the boundaries of time? It’s quite difficult and frustrating! Day by day we assign certain things to certain time slots, we set deadlines, time limits, etc. But the most frustrating aspect of time is the time it takes; the time it takes for something to come to completion. The most frustrating aspect of time is the time working and waiting for something to come to completion. We live in a culture that wants everything quick and easy. We hate time and want as little of it as possible. While we in the flesh are bound by the aspects of time, our creator is not.
We often seek our own timing over God’s timing. Furthermore we trust our own timing over God’s timing. We seek and trust our own timing for one specific reason: it’s tangible. We know our timing; we know the time it will take to do this or that and therefore we plan around that framework of time. While planning is very important and very biblical for man, the Bible tells us “the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9. God created the universe, that includes time! He constructed time itself, therefore we must do it God’s way. We must trust in God’s timing and not our own.
When we do it God’s way it takes time, and a lot of it! It took thousands of years for the promise of Jesus, made to Eve, to be fulfilled. Israel traveled around the same mountain for 40 years before they received their promise… and the list goes on. I am a firm believer that it takes time for things to done the proper way and in order for them to be fruitful. The greatest example of this is the comparison of King Saul, and King David.
Saul rose to kingship in one year (1 Samuel 13:1), while David rose to kingship in the course of seventeen years. Saul became king very fast, therefore he was not a great king. He was psychotic, and crazy. Saul did not have and did not take them time to be groomed into a king; but David did. From the time David was anointed king (1 Samuel 16), until the time he became king (2 Samuel 5) he had grown in the Lord, he was groomed to kingship. Since David had the time and took the time to grow, he flourished as king. Church, the time it takes for something to come to completion is necessary for us to be fruitful.
When we are discouraged that something is not coming to pass we need to remember that it’s God’s timing that is perfect, and we must find comfort in that. We must remember that it takes time to be fruitful, and it takes time to harvest the fruit.
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:3