July 15, 2020

The Mystery of God’s Timing

“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)

It may not be one of the official Hebrew names for God but one of my favorite names for God is Jehovah-in-the-nick-of-time! Why? Because it describes my experience so often with the ways of God. I discovered that God is never in a hurry, but He is never late! The problem is that His schedule 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 – like a Global Pandemic! 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 based on 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!