Do you ever struggle with God’s timing? If you do you are not alone! Even those who were closest to Jesus didn’t always understand His perfect timing.
John 7 begins with Jesus’ brother’s telling Him that He should go to Judea so that His disciples could see the miracles that He was doing because, according to them, “no one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret” (vs. 4). Verse 5 tells us that at this time Jesus’ brother’s didn’t believe in Him.
I can sense a bit of sarcasm in Jesus’ brother’s voice as they spoke to Him:
“Come on Jesus, you want to be popular, right? You want everyone to follow you, right? You should go to the biggest event in town and show your stuff off. This is your opportunity Jesus. Show the crowds what you got!”
Jesus’ brothers figured this was the best time for Him to show Himself off. Of course, Jesus knew their hearts and He told them it was not the right time.
I love Jesus’ response in verse 6. Jesus says: “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.” Ouch! Jesus’ brothers didn’t get it (or more specifically, they didn’t get Jesus).
God’s timing or my timing?
As I was reflecting on this, it made me think:
- How often am I like Jesus’ brothers?
- How often do I think I know what God’s timing is?
- How often do I rush into things because the time seems right?
- How often does Jesus need to rebuke me and say: “The right time has not yet come”?
3 ways to be sensitive to God’s timing
I want to be sensitive to God’s leading and I want to follow His timing. I am learning that in order to do this I need to be doing at least 3 things.
1. I need be in constant communion with God.
2. I need to be aware of His constant presence with me.
3. I need to be listening for His still small voice.
How do you stay sensitive to God’s leading so that you can follow His timing?