“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee..”
– John 17:1
“The hour is come” … Perfect timing is critical for coming into the presence of God. The writer of Ecclesiastes shares, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes3:1, NKJV). Galatians 4 4-5 also says, “but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons”. Timing is indeed everything.
I must continue to learn to wait on God’s timing. He is doing things in my life no human eye is capable of seeing, deep and profound things which He has never done before. This requires considerable patience, peace, tranquility, and transformation. Just because His deep and timely work is not visible doesn’t mean God is not doing what He does best. He refuses to compromise with our human agendas.
Our human agendas include our business calendars, personal schedules, long-range plans, project deadlines, and matters involving human effort to achieve human ends. God is bigger than all that. He cannot be limited or placed in a Man’s box. We simply cannot box God in and we surely cannot box God out. He is God. He does as He pleases. He is the Father of time and rules as He pleases. He is not responsible to anyone but Himself. At all times He is in full agreement with Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is a joyful mystery to behold, knowing our God is capable of covering all His bases whenever He decides to move at a given time in history.
As Jesus was petitioning His Heavenly Father, He lifted up His eyes to Heaven and cried out to God “Father the hour is come”. We must never allow anyone or anything to cause us to drift off course and prevent us from entering into the presence of God at His divine timing. There will be many temptations in our lives seeking to cause the vessel of our souls to veer off course and become shipwrecked. Timing is absolutely everything.
I have to learned to wait on God. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah declared “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31). As long as we remain faithful to God’s timing, we can make it. The more time we spend before the Throne of Grace and Mercy in God’s presence, the less we will miss His timing. This does not mean we will receive everything we want, but we will receive from our Father everything we need in His timing.
Jesus agrees with His Father as God that the hour had come. When I am ready to agree with God, I can expect God’s glory to be also magnified in my life as one of His beloved sons. God’s supernatural power is released in my life too, and amazing things begin to happen. My life has new meaning and my soul is deeply comforted. I am ready to celebrate His glory as I stand in His presence in His timing.
“It is not a matter of time so much as a matter of heart; if you have the heart to pray, you will find the time.” —Charles Spurgeon
Teach me, oh LORD, how to wait on Thee. Open not only my eyes, that I may see with eyes of faith and not eyes of feeling. Then, Father, open my heart that I might learn, how to trust Thee, to do Thy will in my life, in Thy own timing, and at Thou appointed time. Help me, only to get in a rush to sit at Thy feet, as I humbly practice waiting on Thy perfect timing, to do as Thou please, for Your glory, in Thy own precious time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.