Friday, September 30, 2011

"The Right Time"

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." Psalm 37:23

Often when we think about our steps being ordered, we think in terms of "where" they are ordered. As in the Lord ordering our steps in this direction or that direction, to this place or that place. But His ordering of our steps also means "when" they are ordered. Our steps are ordered to go at a particular time as well as to a particular place.

I know from experience that there have been times I knew the Lord was leading me in a matter, or I needed to be at a certain place, but I could not seem to get there when I started to go. Obstacles and hindrances kept coming in my way. When I finally did "get there", the timing could not have been any more perfect. I did not arrive at my destination one minute early or one minute late, but just at the right time.

We need to learn how to rest in the fact that our steps as believers are truly ordered by the Lord. He orders them where to go, but He also orders them when to go. Let me make it clear that I am not talking about laziness- just sitting back and never moving forward at all. I am talking about resting in the fact that as you are following the Lord, He will direct your steps to be where they need to be and when they need to be there. A perfect example is the story of Jesus and Lazarus. Jesus received word that Lazarus was ill and his sisters asked for Jesus to come and heal him. Jesus did not go immediately, as He had at other times when requested by someone to come and heal a person. He waited four days then He went. By that time Lazarus had already died. Both of Lazarus's sisters accused Jesus concerning His timing for coming, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died". In other words, "If You had come sooner he would still be alive, but You are late. Jesus was never late- or early, for that matter- Jesus was always on time. In our scheme of things Jesus was late, in God's scheme of things He was right on time. As a result of His waiting, yes, Lazarus died, but a greater miracle took place that day. And it happened because the Father ordered Jesus' steps, not just to the right place but to the right place at the right time.

The timing may look "off" to you, but just know that our time is not God's time and if we follow His timing, it will always be the "right time".

Have a great day. The Lord orders our steps to "where" they need to be, and "when" they need to be there.

For further reading:
Proverbs 16:9
John 11:1-45

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