July 22, 2019

In the Nick of Time

“God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (MSG)

There are many names for God in the Bible that help us better understand His nature, character and ways like: Jehovah Jireh – the God who provides or Jehovah Shalom – the God of Peace or Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals.  These are just a few; but, among the many Hebrew names of God, my favorite is “Jehovah in the nick of time!” Well, it’s not really one of the Hebrew names of God, but it sure describes my experience often with the ways of God. 

God is never in a hurry, yet He is never late!   The problem is that God’s timing and mine are not often synced.  That’s where faith comes in.  We learn to trust God through the circumstances of life over which we have no control.  In Psalm 107, the psalmist underscored God’s timely response to Israel’s cry for help.  Four times he said,

“Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time.” (Vs. 6, 13, 19, 28 MSG) 

It may seem like God is not listening.  At times, He may even appear as an unkind friend, indifferent to our needs. (Luke 11:5)  If we were to judge Him on the basis of our circumstances, we would certainly draw the wrong conclusion because our judgment would be premature.  God knows our needs.  God hears our cry.  That’s why the writer of Hebrews said,

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)

The day you need Him, God will be there to help! He is Jehovah in the nick of time!